Energy Regulator Ofgem To Install Thousands Of EV Chargers In The UK
Energy regulator Ofgem will help install over 3,000 EV chargers as part of a £40 billion investment plan.
- Funds will go towards energy networks to build charging points across UK motorways.
- Investment will support the implementation of more ultra-rapid chargers.
- Ofgem’s funding helps the UK’s EV efforts leading in to 2030.
The UK’s efforts to greener energy continues, this time, thanks to energy regulator Ofgem.
An outlined plan from the regulator hopes to bring around 1,800 ultra-rapid chargers to UK motorways. Not to mention 1,750 standard chargers in cities and towns.
The installation of these ultra-rapid chargers will triple the number of current stations.
These changes are all part of a £40 billion investment plan in greener energy. In fact, a £300 million down payment has already been placed in a bid to “rewire Britain,” according to Ofgem.
“The payment will support the rapid take up of EVs, which will be vital if Britain is to hit its climate change targets. Drivers need to be confident that they can charge their car quickly when they need to.”
— Jonathan Brearley, CEO of Ofgem
Investment will be delivered over the next two years and will look to have lasting effects. After all, EV infrastructure will need all the support it can get as we move to low carbon transport.
Rural areas to benefit greatly from this investment
Investment will appeal greatly to rural areas across the UK — especially when it comes to ultra-rapid chargers. These chargers can add 100 miles to an electric car in as little as 30 minutes.
“An extensive motorway charging network and more charging points in cities and train stations will help address this range anxiety,” says Ofgem via their investment announcement.
A game-changer for drivers and residents of Glasgow, Kirkwall, Warrington, York, and Truro. Areas in need of charging stations in general if the UK is to meet expected demand in the coming years.
Remember, the UK is banning the sales of new petrol/diesel cars by 2030.
We recently reported on Fastned’s plans to establish a network of ultra-fast ‘Energy Superhubs’ across the UK, starting with Oxford.
It won’t be long before every major stretch of road in the UK has an electric charging hub there waiting.
Keith Bell, a member of the Climate Change Committee, sums up perfectly why these changes are necessary: “Electric vehicles are looking more and more attractive, but we need to make sure they can be charged easily, and that means having the right infrastructure – charge points and network capacity – in the right place at the right time.”
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