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Charging infrastructure planning is essential for growth of electric vehicles adoption, says Deloit

Nov 19
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The government’s show of commitment to electric vehicles (EV) has been welcomed by professional services network Deloitte. It comes as the prime minister announced a proposed ban on sales of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030 under his green plan.

Jamie Hamilton, head of electric vehicles at Deloitte, said the move was likely to work towards convincing consumers the technology is worth investing in. A report by the company that was published earlier this year showed more than half of potential buyers were already contemplating choosing an EV.

The latest announcement from Westminster is likely to further enhance the sharp upward trajectory being experienced by the sector. EV sales are expected to overtake those of diesel vehicles before long, demonstrating the shift in mindset.

They could even outstrip petrol alternatives, but only if a convincing case for comprehensive charging infrastructure is made. Without public confidence in the availability of charging points, the EV revolution could stall.

It’s not just domestic consumers that are taking an interest in the shift towards EV either. The proposed 2030 ban will have big implications for fleet operators, who will need to start adapting their plans to accommodate the new rules.

Ten years is a short period of time in business and many operators will start the shift towards EV sooner rather than later. They will be keen to tap into the perceived financial and environmental benefits of the technology, but must ensure their operating models are up to the challenge.

Mr Hamilton said: “With the timeline now set, the race is on for the UK’s charging infrastructure to keep up, with capacity likely to be tested at peak times. Continued coordination with charging infrastructure planning is essential for the sustained growth of EV adoption.

“Consumers will need to see a joined up approach that considers how many chargers are needed, what kind of chargers are needed and what the underlying power networks look like.”

Under the proposals announced by prime minister Boris Johnson, £4 billion is being allocated to implement a ten-point plan. It is expected to usher in what the premier has described as a “green industrial revolution” that will tackle climate change and create jobs.

EV is point four in the plan and is expected to be phased in over the next decade. Grants will be issued in order to help the purchase of EV and charging point infrastructure, so it is more widely available.

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