22 Nov 2021
UK Prime Minister to Add EV Charging points to Network
The Index Today
U.K Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced plans to boost the nation’s electric vehicle charging network to promote greener energy and eventually ban gasoline or diesel vehicles.
The plan includes adding over 145,000 new charging points in the coming years. Currently, the network has approximately 250,000 charging stations in various workplaces and homes. Despite U.K having one of the largest charging networks in the world, the pace of electric vehicle sales is still slower in comparison.
The addition of more charging points will be funded with the 620 million plan set aside for electric vehicle transition which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions and reaching the eventual goal of net-zero emissions. According to research by Channel 4s Dispatches, around 5.2% of all charging points in the U.K were out of order whereas 10% of rapid charging points were not usable.
The government has also planned to provide 150 million pounds to small businesses in the form of loans to fund research and innovation. Boris Johnson in a speech, “We are investing in new projects to turn wind power into hydrogen.” Part of the funding will go towards improving workforce skills and supporting environmental technologies.