Ministers ‘asleep at the wheel’ on installing electric car charging devices

Ministers ‘asleep at the wheel’ on installing electric car charging devices

That's according to the Shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh

Fewer than 9,000 public electric vehicle charging devices were installed in the UK last year, leading to claims the infrastructure is not keeping up with demand.

Department for Transport (DfT) figures published on Wednesday reveal the number of devices available for use increased by just 8,680 from 28,375 in January 2021 to 37,055 this month.

That represents a 7% rise.

Separate data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show 22.9% of all new cars registered last year were plug-in vehicles – which includes pure electrics and plug-in hybrids – up from 10.7% in 2020 and 18.6% in 2021.

Sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK will be banned from 2030.

Labour said the current rate of charge point installation suggests the Government is on course to miss its target of having 300,000 public charge points at that time, by more than 20 years.

Shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh said: “There is no time to lose on charging infrastructure, but the Conservatives are asleep at the wheel.

“Never-ending chaos in the Conservative Government has delayed key projects and risks stalling the switch to electric vehicles, leaving our world-class car industry in limbo.

“Labour will help drive the electric vehicle transition, helping those on low to middle incomes with the up-front costs, and we will accelerate the roll-out of charging points to make it easier to own an electric car wherever you live.”

Motoring group the AA called for the introduction of interim targets.

Head of roads policy Jack Cousens said: “New EVs (electric vehicles) are flying off the factory floor, but we desperately need charge point installations to keep pace with an ever-growing demand.

“With a target of 300,000 publicly available charge points by 2030 and just 37,055 installations in place, more focus is needed to accelerate the nation’s charging infrastructure.

“We urge the Government to set marker post targets in place so drivers can see progress is being made while giving those nervous to switch the confidence to do so.”

On Monday, Tony Danker, chief of the Confederation of British Industry, warned that the UK is behind international competitors on green growth, including compared with France on electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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