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Thousands more electric vehicle charge points could be installed under government plan

PUBLISHED: 08:49 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:49 09 July 2018

An electric car charging port in Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

An electric car charging port in Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

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The electric vehicle market is expected to receive a boost from the transport secretary today.

Chris Grayling is set to unveil proposals that will make it easier to recharge electric vehicles than to refuel petrol or diesel ones.

The plans could lead to the installation of hundreds of thousands more charge points for electric vehicles in an attempt to encourage more motorists to opt for the low-emission option.

Along with investment for charging infrastructure, the government’s Road to Zero Strategy identifies a need to assess whether new homes and offices should be required to install charge points as standard.

The strategy calls for new street lighting columns on UK roads with on-street parking to have charging points in appropriate locations.

The government is also expected to outline more details of its ban on sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040.

Alternatively-fuelled vehicles such as hybrids and pure electrics held 5.5% of the UK’s new car market in the first six months of the year, compared with 4.2% during the same period in 2017.

Mr Grayling is expected to say: “The Road to Zero Strategy, combined with the measures we’ve already introduced, will mean Britain now has one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world.

“We want the UK to become the best country in the world in which to develop and manufacture zero-emission vehicles.

“The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6tr by 2050.”

A study for motoring research charity the RAC Foundation found that growth in electric car use could be stalled by limitations in the public charging network.

The mass market appeal of ultra-green vehicles may be restricted without widespread, reliable and easy-to-use charging points, the report warned.

Separate AA research shows that eight out of 10 drivers see the lack of charging points as a stumbling block for them to buy an electric vehicle.

The motoring firm’s president Edmund King said: “A big push on a range of slow, fast and rapid charging points should help overcome this hurdle.

“The challenge is then for manufacturers to make a car worth buying.”

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