The scheme will be backed by £1.6 billion of funding – nearly £500 million will be allocated to the development of “competitively priced” public chargepoints to communities across the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We’re powering ahead with plans to help British people go electric, with our expanding charging network making journeys easier right across the country.
“Clean transport isn’t just better for the environment, but is another way we can drive down our dependence on external energy supplies. It will also create new high-skilled jobs for our automotive and energy sectors and ultimately secure more sustainable and affordable motoring for all.”
In response to the government’s announcement, Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Zap-Map, said: “EV charging infrastructure is already growing at around 60% year-on-year in the two key areas of ultra-rapid charging and on-street provision, but it isn’t equally distributed.
“Some areas of the country covered better than others – Scotland and London far more so than Wales and Northern Ireland, for example.”
Jacob Roberts, Transport Policy Manager at the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, said: “By 2030, the government expects around 300,000 public chargepoints will be needed to enable the transition to EVs – and we believe that this can be achieved, with this rapidly expanding industry having delivered 37% growth in chargepoint numbers in the last year alone.
“This growth can only be maintained, however, if the investment can be mobilised at pace.”
Fiona Howarth, Chief Executive Officer of Octopus Electric Vehicles, commented: “It’s great to see support for a broad range of reliable charging – from high speed convenient rapids for topping up on longer journeys; to affordable local charging for regular use.
“The reality is that most people won’t use rapid chargers often – alternatively using home, workplace, kerbside and community charging that cost as little as £5 to fill up, instead of up to £40 at a rapid.
“But having an increasing base of reliable rapid chargers will continue to build confidence and encourage more people to make the switch to clean, green driving.”
Henry Duff, Head of Net Zero at British Gas, said: “EV demand is rocketing and the commitments outlined in the government’s EV infrastructure strategy today will help to put in place a charging network that keeps pace with that demand. It’s a significant and positive step along the Road to Zero.
“Of particular interest is how the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund will work. Because, while inroads have been made to install charge points at work and leisure destinations, the roll out of chargers closer to drivers’ homes is desperately needed to unlock the potential for many more EVs being adopted.”