UK plans to set up more electric vehicle charge-points


The UK Government plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charge-points for the convenience of motorists.

Currently, UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) is carrying out consultations on appropriate measures and making charge-points more accessible to motorists.

The government has taken this initiative in order to fulfill its commitment of making transport greener and improving air quality.

"Our ambition is for nearly all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040, and we are taking real steps to achieve this in the Modern Transport Bill."

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: “We are committed to making transport cleaner and giving even more drivers the option of using a low-emission vehicle as we strive to improve air quality across the country.

“Our ambition is for nearly all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040, and we are taking real steps to achieve this in the Modern Transport Bill.

"We now want to hear the views of businesses and the wider public.”

The government has given assurance for £600m in the Parliament to boost the ultra low-emission vehicle market.

In past two years, the number of new ultra low emission vehicles registered rose by 250%.

The measures are expected to be included in the Modern Transport Bill  and will enable government to roll-out of charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and improve consumer access to the network.

Drivers will be informed about the location of public charging stations through an online database and through mobile phone apps.

Currently, there are around 11,000 public charge-points operating across the UK, and the government also offers a range of grants for home and workplace charging.