The UK must speed up its progress on developing infrastructure to support the drive in electric vehicles (EVs).
The call from Energy UK comes as its new report suggests more than 105,000 EVs were on UK roads last month and around 600 million vehicle miles per year are now powered by electricity.
It believes EVs can point the way to a future where greater flexibility and new technology transforms the way consumers use energy and cleaner and more efficient transport helping tackle air pollution, boosting manufacturing as well as contributing to meeting energy demand.
Some of its recommendations include:
- A regulatory framework providing certainty for future investment and incentivising the development of charging infrastructure
- More support for innovation and ability to share usage data to assist with future infrastructure planning
- Developing smart charging arrangements to manage demand through, for example, time of use tariffs
The trade body says the energy industry is committed to working with other sectors and ministers to develop a clear strategy to support “holistic decarbonisation”, encouraging sustainable supply chains and providing certainty for consumers.