ECA warns lack of EV strategy could leave UK divided 

The ECA has welcomed today’s government announcement at CBI’s annual conference that all new homes in England will be installed with electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs).

Speaking at the conference, Boris Johnson announced that all new homes and non-residential buildings will be required to have EVCPs installed, adding 145,000 new charging points a year between now and 2030 to the network of 250,000 already installed in homes and workplaces so far.

ECA Director of CSR Paul Reeve says: “This is a welcome announcement but the bigger challenge across the UK is public access charging. With most EVCP plans centred around London and the south east, there is still a real danger of charging blackspots in many parts of the country.

“‘Levelling-up’ should also mean closing the urban-rural gap when it comes to EV charging infrastructure and installation skills.”

A Freedom of Information request conducted by ECA in September 2021 found that two thirds of local authorities in the UK have no plans for installing public EVCPs. Over half said EVCPs were prohibitively expensive to install and over a third said constraints such as a lack of energy network capacity were also preventing EVCP deployment.

One borough council spokesperson said: “One of the barriers is the uncoordinated approach on EV charging points – policy is not joined up enough and this makes them more difficult for the public to use.”

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