UK electric car charging points ‘not keeping up’ with 2030 target, says British lawmaker

MPs across the UK have called on the government to ‘enhance’ and increase the number of fast-charging points to meet expected demand over the next seven years.

In 2020, Boris Johnson announced plans to phase out sales of all new petrol and diesel vehicles and vans by 2030 and install electric vehicle charging points in homes, roads and highway service areas. It has pledged £1.3 billion ($1.45 billion) to install it.

but, special discussion Westminster Hall on Wednesday, hosted by Winchester Conservative MP Steve Bryne, heard widespread criticism of the UK government’s record of providing charging points.

Brian said: But I worry about the practicality of the roadmap for how we get there. He said not everyone can afford a Tesla or have a driveway where they can park their Tesla to charge overnight from the solar panels on the roof.

“Supply and cost are the big barriers right now” for those switching to electric vehicles, Bryne said, citing the current goal of making all new vehicles zero-emissions by 2035. Stated (pdf) — “Maybe beyond us.”

Labor shadow climate change minister Kerry McCarthy said the £950m fast-charge fund set up in 2020 has yet to fund applicants. In May, it said it set a goal of having 300,000 public charging points available by 2030.

McCarthy said: Last year he had only 8,800 installed, which is clearly not enough and needs to be strengthened. “

DUP MP highlights poor charging infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Ian Paisley said Northern Ireland’s charging infrastructure was considerably inferior to England, Scotland and Wales.

He said Northern Ireland will have only 18 public charging points as of October 2022, some of which are outdated, unreliable and incompatible with some electric vehicles.

Paisley, son of former NI Chief Minister Ian Paisley Sr., said there were 66 electric cars per fast charger in Scotland and 155 electric cars per quick charger in England. However, Northern Ireland has 600 units per quick charger.

Paisley said there is little “consumer confidence” in electric vehicles in the North, adding: “Northern Ireland’s electric infrastructure is outdated. It doesn’t fit.”

SNP transport spokesman Gavin Newlands said the numbers out of Northern Ireland were “very bad”.

He said Britain as a whole would need to step up to meet the challenges of the electric car ‘revolution’.

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Newlands said: They will reach their goal of phasing out all private petrol and diesel vehicles over the next two years, which is a staggering achievement in such a short time. “

“Imagine a small, energy-rich and independent Northern European country that manages its own finances and infrastructure, sets ambitious goals, and takes the radical steps needed to achieve those goals. Imagine taking steps, it won’t go viral,” he joked.

But Transport Minister Hugh Merriman insisted the government was on track to meet its goals.

“Governments are working to decarbonize transport.”

“The government is committed to decarbonizing transport, phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, becoming the first G7 nation to do so,” Merriman said.

According to Merriman, according to industry data, 32.9% of new cars sold in December 2022 were fully electric.

he said: The UK will record her second highest sales of battery electric vehicles in Europe in 2022. Germany is her number one and France is her number three.

Merriman said: move over there from Subsidy individual buy Electrical vehicle, it was move more To a delegation now or intention give incentives car Maker To production of Electrical car and If they please do not after that they intention end Up to be be punished.that’s our future philosophy. “

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Lily Zhou contributed to this report.