The British Government has promised to inject nearly £40m into improving the country’s infrastructure for electric vehicles despite a recent drop in hybrid car sales. This massive investment marks the first anniversary of the government’s Road to Zero strategy, which wants virtually every car and van in the UK to give off zero emissions by 2050.
The Department for Transport will use the money to transform the network of electric car charging points across the country as a lack of accessible places to charge a car is one of the top reasons that drivers don’t make the electric switch over.
Ideas put forward include wireless charging options for those on busy streets, smart pavement ‘pop up’ points and by doubling up lampposts and bollards for use as chargers.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) sales of new battery-powered electric cars rose by 61.7% to 2,461 in June, which prove a steady incline in popularity for electric vehicles (EV).
However, the alternatively-fulled vehicle sector took a hit when plug-in hybrid sales dropped by 50.4% in June after the government scrapped a £2,500 incentive grant because the Department for Transport said it was “focusing on the cleanest, zero emission models”.
Financial grants still exist for fully-electric cars, but the government has reduced the incentive from £4,500 to £3,500.
Bad news for petrol and diesel vehicles – the government announced last year that it would end the sales of internal combustion engine-powered cars by 2040.
Earlier this week, British brands Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover both announced significant investment in the electric sector, and MINI has recently unveiled an all-electric Cooper S hatchback.
At present, the UK’s charging infrastructure isn’t sufficient for the small amount of EVs currently on the road. However, many argue that with increased battery life and home-charging options, newer EVs have the capacity to get the driver to and from work on a single charge.