To meet UK net zero more steps on EV charging needed: New measures must be established to guarantee electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure fulfils demand before the 2030 ban on selling new petrol & diesel cars.

That’s reported by the new study from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which recognises the advancement made with charging installations up to now, in areas like shopping centres, workplaces & private parking.

It says that the problem is in the readiness of charge points at motorway services, local authorities are very slow with the roll-out of on-street charging & the likelihood of rural areas being left out because of a lack of investment.

Its investigation has also showed numerous drivers find charging frustrating & difficult and are worried about reliability & the lack of time to compare prices –These are all factors that  the CMA warns could discourage people in the switch to EVs.

The CMA has given four points it recommends the government needs to follow if the ban on selling new fossil-fuel cars is to go ahead by 2030 as well as if the UK is to attain its net zero goals.

The points are as follows:

  • Charge points need to be easy to locate, with up-to-date availability & working status information given.
  • Charging needs to be simple and fast to pay for like petrol or diesel – no sign-ups & contactless payments made to become widely accessible.
  • The costs should be made clearer for drivers with a regular way of pricing like per kW for easier comparison.
  • All charge points should be available to any type of EV.

Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive of the CMA, stated: “There needs to be action now to address the postcode lottery in EV charging as we approach the ban on sales of new petrol & diesel cars by 2030.

“Our recommendations will promote strong competition, encourage more investment & build people’s trust, both now and in the future.

“The CMA has also opened a competition law investigation into EV charging along motorways & will continue to work with government and the industry to help ensure EV charging is a success.”

To meet UK net zero more steps on EV charging needed

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