As part of the Government’s commitment to making transport greener and improving air quality, the Department for Transport is consulting on a series of measures that will make chargepoints for electric vehicles more accessible, making it easier for drivers to recharge as demand for plug-in vehicles increases. The measures are due to be included in the Modern Transport Bill.
The measures being proposed would give government powers to support the roll-out of charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and improve consumer access to the network by:
- making information about the location of public charging stations more accessible to the public, potentially via an online database and through mobile phone apps
- ensuring drivers can access chargepoints without the need for multiple memberships from individual providers
- giving powers to set common standards for all public chargepoints to ensure electric car owners can recharge anywhere, anytime
- making consumer pricing information for electricity and hydrogen fuels consistent and transparent
- supporting ‘smart’ electric vehicle charging that is flexible to grid demands
- ensuring there is provision of electric chargepoints and hydrogen refuelling points at large fuel retailers and motorway service areas
- encouraging the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations through franchising
There are already more than 11,000 public chargepoints across the UK, and we have Europe’s largest network of rapid chargers. The government also offers a range of grants for home and workplace charging.
The government wants to hear your views – click here to respond
What do you think about the proposed ideas? You can read more about the proposals and share your views with the government here.
The consultation closes on 23 November, so make sure you get your voice heard before then.