Fewer than half of commuter car parks offer electric chargers as 2030 EV deadline draws closer | The Sun
A report has revealed a worrying lack of charging points for electric vehicles in car parks for commuters.
This comes as a ban on new petrol and diesel cars in Britain starts in 2030 – less than eight years away.
According to the report by Electric Car Scheme, just 44% of all large business parks, popular train stations and park & ride locations in the main cities have charging facilities for EVs.
The research found that of 12,000 car parks investigated, fewer than 1% had an EV charging point at all.
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Experts believe that to meet demand, 300,000 new charging points are needed by 2030.
There are currently fewer than 36,000 across the UK.
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The Government is being urged to provide funding for local authorities to install more charging points.
However, currently, only 875 new charging points are installed each month.
To meet the target of banning diesel and petrol cars by 2030, it's thought that 3,015 new charging points are required every month.
Thom Groot, the co-founder of the Electric Car Scheme, believes that the infrastructure needs to move much faster in order to meet the UK's net zero goals.
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"It's worrying that only one per cent of public car spaces in commuter belts offer charging points when currently 16% of new cars sold are electric," he said
"People who run park & ride stations or business parks should consider introducing new charging infrastructure.
"And the Government should move urgently to extend the tax benefit that currently makes leasing new electric cars attractive for employees – which is currently set to run out in 2025".
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