Electric vehicle uptake must be matched by investment in charging infrastructure if businesses, fleet operators and motorists are to make the switch that will help the country meet its net-zero carbon emission target.
This is the view of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), who say that the charging infrastructure is vital for a number of reasons; as mentioned, electric vehicle manufacturing has experienced an upturn, as have sales of these vehicles – providing a huge vote of confidence for the electric future in the transport industry.
In addition to supporting the increased sales, Jaguar Land Rover has committed its Castle Bromwich assembly plant to becoming an advanced electric vehicle and battery manufacturing outlet – something that must be supported by charging infrastructure.
The fight against air pollution and commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 means that electric options and infrastructure must be put in place.
Pollution is one of the biggest threats to public health, with only cancer, obesity and heart disease bigger threats – but harmful particles from air pollution can contribute towards all three.
It is why the necessary infrastructure needs to be put in place, and Sir John Armitt, has called for the government to roll out a national charging network.
He said: “This investment in EVs technology is welcome and highlights and increasingly electric future for transport in this country, but we must support drivers to make the switch and address concerns about range anxiety.
“The government now needs an action plan to effectively charge up Britain and it should start by rolling out a national charging network and subsidising rapid charge points in rural and remote areas where the market will not deliver straight away.”
Recent commitments from the government show they are serious about infrastructure, with the news that £37 million has been allocated to ensure infrastructure is in place.