As the move towards electric vehicles continues, the Government have stipulated that some changes need to be made to ensure a smoother transition for everyone.
At present it is thought that one of the biggest factors for drivers who aren’t yet ready to switch to an electric vehicle is the availability of charging points, contributing to range anxiety.
One of the first changes the Government has called for is for all public electric charging points to enable users to accept debit and credit card payments. They have specified a short time limit for this, requesting the changes by spring 2020.
At present most of the providers of charging points require users to be subscribed to a membership with them, many issuing specific activation cards however the Government want to ensure that it is law to offer alternative forms of payment in the form of debit/credit cards. The Government has stated that it expects industry to develop a solution that allows users of the charging points to use a single method of payment reducing the requirements for memberships cards and multiple apps on mobile phones.
If companies are not quick enough to make the changes the changes will be forced upon the companies using the powers under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act.
Some companies have already made changes from offering contactless payment options as well as improving accessibility. According to Zap-Map ,there are now more locations where you can charge an electric car than there are petrol stations in the UK. There are a total of 8471 charging locations across the country with a combined total of 13,613 separate plug-in points. There are 8400 petrol stations in comparison.
The motor industry and the Government combined have supported more than 20,000 charging points being fitted throughout the country and of these 20,000, 10% are actually rapid chargers which offer quicker battery replenishing times.
Further to the above, a recent public consultation has been launched to ensure that all new homes are built with dedicated parking spaces and to provide charge points. Transport Minister Chris Grayling recently stated that these should be compulsory by 2050 which would be a world first. Home charging is by far the most low-cost option for consumers and also incredibly convenient, and as newly manufactured cars are offering greater range from their batteries, the worry of keeping electric vehicles charged will diminish.
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