Even James Bond can't charge his electric car: Government warned over off-street parking – Express


Speaking in the House of Lords, former Conservative minister Lord Herbert commented on the lack of public charging points for electric vehicles. Because of the lack of off-street charging stations, Bond may have to rely on his Aston Martin DB10, which was last used in Spectre.

In the latest film, No Time to Die, 007 was set to drive an Aston Martin Valhalla, a plug-in hybrid supercar. 

Lord Herbert, of South Downs, used Bond as an example to target the Government’s lofty zero carbon emissions goals.

He said: “Since 007 has no off-street parking and there are so few charging points, he might have no choice but to ask Q for his petrol engine DB10 back. 

“Huge numbers of people can’t contemplate buying even a plug-in hybrid, let alone a fully electric car, even where they really want to because we don’t have anything like the necessary number of public charging points.

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Transport Minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton, responded to the comments from Lord Herbert saying that the Government was pushing ahead with its plans.

She continued: “The Government empathises with James Bond and indeed with all people who do not have access to off-street parking. It is one of the challenges that we do face going forward. 

“That is why the Government introduced the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) and it available to all UK local authorities to provide public charge points for their residents.

“So far it has awarded funding to 120 different local authorities to install nearly 4,000 charge points.

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“I’d also like to reassure him that the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy will be published later this year and I think that will provide more reassurance to James Bond and everyone else.” 

The Aston Martin Valhalla Hybrid was finally unveiled last week after months of clamouring for more information from fans.

The supercar, which comes in at a whopping £700,000, will be for sale, with around 1,000 available to purchase. 

With the film finally set to be released in September, it will be the first time Bond has driven an electric car.

As part of the Government’s Decarbonisation Plan, around 1,800 ultra-rapid charging points will be developed at motorway service areas, tripling the size of the current network.

A further 1,700 will be built in towns and cities, thanks to a £300 million investment from the energy regulator Ofgem. 

Glasgow, Kirkwall, Warrington, Llandudno, York and Truro are among the cities due to get the cabling needed for extra ultra-rapid charge points.

Train stations will also be equipped with chargers, especially in the North and in Wales.

This comes after Boris Johnson pledged more gigafactories needed to be built to keep up with the demand for electric vehicles.

 





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