The UK Government is committed to ending the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, if not earlier.
A huge challenge to this commitment is the availability of efficient and affordable EV charging as more electric vehicles begin to join the roads.
Currently, a driver is at most 25 miles away from a high-speed charging facility on any major road in England. The Department for Transport and OLEV have recently announced further investment in the EV infrastructure to further improve this offering.
As part of a £500 million pound investment package, the departments aim to:
- Have at least 6 high powered charging points that can deliver around 120-145 mile range in 15 minutes, at all motorway service stations by 2023, with some larger stations having as many as 10-12
- Have an extensive network of over 2,500 charging points in place by 2030
- Further grow this figure to 6,000 charging points by 2035.
With these objectives achieved, the departments expect to offer
- 99% charging availability
- 24/7 customer care and technical support available for EV charging
- affordable charging facilities that can be paid with via credit/debit card
- sites that can cater to all charging and EV vehicle requirements
Read more about the upcoming plans and objectives here