As the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel-powered car sales rapidly approaches, the need for more charging infrastructure is becoming increasingly essential.
To help tackle this, the UK’s leading electric car charge point providers have come together to form a new trade body, ChargeUK, and have pledged to double the number of public chargers by 2023.
The investment of £6 billion from private investors will be used to achieve this goal, with major players such as GRIDSERVE, bp pulse, Ionity and Pod Point amongst them.
Speaking on behalf of ChargeUK, CEO of charging provider Osprey and Chair Ian Johnston expressed that “we, as one voice, wish to reassure the public that the charging infrastructure they need is being deployed right now”. By the latest data from ZapMap, there are already 40,000 public charge points in the UK.
Furthermore, the Minister for Decarbonisation and Technology Jesse Norman expressed his support for the charity’s mission, saying that “it shows how industry and government, working in tandem, can generate private investment, improve delivery, raise standards and promote the use of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for drivers across the country”.
The SMMT has already reported that over one million electric cars are now on UK roads, with more models set to join thanks to their decreasing costs. With ChargeUK’s mission now in full swing, drivers can be sure that the needed charging infrastructure will soon be in place, making the shift to electric cars that much easier.