Electric car chargers rollout is stalling as it emerges just a fraction of the plug-in points needed for us to hit 2030 deadline are being built
- Only 23 publicly available electric car charging points are being built each day
- Car industry estimates more than 700 on-street points need to be installed daily
- The Government has admitted that its rate of deployment must accelerate
- Around 2.3 million public electric vehicle charge points are needed by 2030
Only a fraction of the electric car charging points needed to hit a 2030 deadline are being built, ministers admitted yesterday.
Just 23 publicly available points are being installed each day and the Government admits this must be boosted before the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars takes effect at the end of the decade.
The car industry estimates more than 700 on-street charging points need to be built every day.
The Government’s response to a report by the Commons transport committee said: ‘With over 24,000 chargers already available, around 700 chargers are being added to the public network every month.
The car industry estimates more than 700 on-street charging points need to be built every day to meet the Government’s 2030 target
‘However, we agree… the rate of deployment must accelerate to meet our ambitions.’
The Department for Transport said ministers had ‘committed an additional £620million to support the transition to electric vehicles, which will include accelerating the rollout of local charging infrastructure’.
By David Churchill, Transport Correspondent
The government is to publish its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy in the coming weeks, which will detail how many publicly available chargers it thinks are needed and where.
It is likely to become a key part of its ‘levelling up’ agenda, as there are currently around 87 plug-in points for every 100,000 of the population in London but only 23 per 100,000 in the North West. The Midlands also has 29 per 100,000.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says around 2.3 million public charge points are needed by 2030 – or around 700 a day being created between now and the end of the decade.
Around a third of UK households do not have access to off-street parking, meaning availability of public charge points is crucial if these motorists are to go electric.
Ramping up the roll-out of on-street plug-in points will also help motorists overcome so-called ‘range anxiety’.
This relates to concerns over electric car batteries running out of charge too soon between charges.
The government has set a target of banning all sales of new diesel and petrol cars by 2030 as part of its strategy of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The sale of new hybrids is also to be phased out by 2035.
Yesterday’s response to the committee report also suggested ministers may overhaul planning laws and impose a ‘statutory requirement’ on town halls to create enough plug-in points on streets in their areas, acknowledging that ‘reforms to the planning system will be beneficial to charge point rollout.’
It added: ‘Government agrees that certain land rights processes, such as wayleaves, can increase the timescales and costs associated with electricity connections for EV charge points.
‘We are keen to ensure that these processes do not act as a barrier to the rollout of EV charging infrastructure.’