Electric vehicles need government backing

London, UK: Business groups have broadly welcomed the London mayor’s commitment to electric vehicle charging points.

Denise Beedell, policy manager for vans and urban, Freight Transport Association, welcomed the committment to ensuring commercial vehicles have access to charging points in London in the near future. This was an essential step to achieve a zero-carbon city by 2050, she said.

“But charging points are only one piece of the puzzle; FTA is calling on the government to commit to a nationwide programme of upgrades to the grid infrastructure,” Beedell said.
 
“The costs of increasing grid capacity to accommodate an EV Fleet at a depot can run to tens of thousands of pounds. And if the business moves out of the premises, they cannot take the power upgrade with them, meaning that they are effectively investing in an asset that they do not own; the next occupier benefits from the former occupant’s investment.

“While FTA and its members fully support the Mayor’s plan to increase the use of electric vehicles, this can only be achieved if the correct infrastructure is in place; while the EV Infrastructure Taskforce Delivery Plan provides clear guidance for planners, energy providers and business, ultimately, the government must play its part too.”  

Eddie Curzon, London director, CBI, said: “The collaboration between business, government and the London boroughs also demonstrates the integrated approach needed to deliver charging infrastructure both now and in the future.

“The commitments supporting the plan, from the public and private sectors, are critical to accelerating the shift across our transport network to EVs and alternatively fuelled vehicles, making the choice to switch easier for businesses and people.”

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