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UK must address EV charging infrastructure disparities – report

NGO Transport & Environment has revealed the inadequacy of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the UK, and calls for local authorities to take the lead in levelling up access to public chargers.

The UK must address the “postcode lottery” of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure if it is to establish a convenient and affordable charging network for the mass uptake of EVs by 2050, says Brussels-based campaign group T&E in a new report.

EV charging in London in November 2015. (Photo by Miles Willis/ Stringer via Getty Images)

Between 18,000 and 29,000 additional charge points must be installed by 2025 to ensure adequate national coverage. The density of public charging in the UK is highly variable, and future deployment must be focused on areas with limited provision, particularly in the east and south-west, T&E says.

The worst-performing municipalities – Castle Point, Forest of Dean, Stockport, Swindon, Brentwood and Fenland – have less than 5% of the charging capacity that will be needed by 2025, the report states.

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T&E also calls on local authorities to play a bigger role in the deployment of charging infrastructure. While the report anticipates that investment will predominantly come from the private sector, local and national government must lead the development of the network, and ensure coverage does not place excessive demands on electricity infrastructure and supports the transition to renewable energy.