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Plans to boost electric vehicle sales welcomed by firms in EV industry

Charlie Jardine, founder of EO Charging based near Stowmarket. Picture: EO Charging

Charlie Jardine, founder of EO Charging based near Stowmarket. Picture: EO Charging

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Companies working with electric vehicle technology in East Anglia have welcomed moves by the government to bring it into the mainstream.

Justin Ott at Spark EVJustin Ott at Spark EV

Launching the government’s new transport strategy yesterday, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced a government ambition for at least half of all new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030.

To facilitate the move to low-emission vehicles hundreds of thousands of new electric vehicle charging points could be installed around the country, with requirements for all new offices, homes and lamp posts to include a charge point also likely to be implemented.

Norfolk and Suffolk have strength in electric vehicle technologies, such as Equipmake, which is designing the world’s first fully electric bus, and power generation and storage firm MSF Technologies at Hethel Engineering Centre and Spark EV in Newmarket, which specialises in electric vehicle journey planning and analysis.

Charlie Jardine, founder of Future50 business EO Charging near Stowmarket, said charging infrastructure would be “integral” in better uptake of electric vehicles in the UK.

“The majority of electric vehicle charging is done at home or at the workplace, so it’s important that the availability of charging infrastructure reflects this,” he said.

Linda Grave, chief executive of ECV Driver in Rendlesham, which has been involved in installing a network of public charge points, welcomed the announcements but said she wanted to see more “meat on the bones” of the proposals.

“It’s exactly what we need to push this industry forwards,” she said.

Justin Ott, chief executive of Spark EV, said: “It is good to see further action from the government on charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. This recognises that worries over range and being able to complete journeys successfully is a key factor in people and businesses adopting electric vehicles.”

He added that the company had also seen a surge in interest in its electric vehicle journey planning tool, already used by fleet drivers.

As part of the Road to Zero strategy, Mr Grayling said hybrid car and van sales would not be prohibited from 2040, when a ban on sales of vehicles powered exclusively by petrol and diesel will come into force – a decision branded “a step backwards” by the Campaign for Better Transport.

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