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UK to push home and street charging

The UK has published its ‘Road to Zero’ policy paper

The UK government has unveiled plans for new homes in suburban England to come with electric vehicle charging points.

The plans would also require new street lights to come with charge points as well.

The new initiatives were announced by UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as part of the government’s zero emission road transport strategy ‘Road to Zero’.

Road to Zero outlines the UK government’s plan to reduce emissions from road transport sources out to 2050 and beyond.

It will be backed by the launch of a GBP400-million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, which will help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing funding to new and existing companies that produce and install charge points.

An additional GBP40 million will go into a programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology.

Homeowners that own EVs can also receive up to GBP500 to install a charge point in their home.

Road to Zero aims for half of the UK’s new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030, with sales of conventional petrol and diesel cars ending by 2040.

The UK government wants to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

“Road transport is one of the biggest contributors to poor air quality in some of the UK’s towns and cities. And transport is the largest greenhouse gas-emitting sector in the UK. The work we are doing today to make road transport cleaner will mean we are handing the next generation a better, cleaner, greener Britain,” Grayling said.

He pointed out that the UK currently has a network of 14,000 public charge points and 1,300 rapid charge points.

Pushing for more at-home and on-street charging will provide an enormous boost to EV adoption. ElecTrans previously said that the vast majority of UK EV users prefer to charge at home, a cheaper and more convenient, albeit slower, option than petrol-station-style charging stations.

Creating more on-street charging points will also help EVs appeal to customers who lack a garage or private drive where they can leave their cars, opening up the market as EVs become cheaper in the future.

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