A “truly visible, national charging network” is required to help with the successful acceleration of electric vehicles into the UK market.
This is the view of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in response to the news that Kia’s e-Niro car has become the first electric vehicle to scoop the Car of the Year at the prestigious What Car? awards ceremony.
It is no secret that the UK government wants to make its transport network greener and more efficient; there is a drive to phase out petrol and diesel only vehicles by 2040.
Success such as that enjoyed by Kia serves to highlight the growing demand for electric vehicles, which are taking the place of the traditional petrol and diesel engines.
However, the charging network and associated infrastructure is not yet in place to satisfy the demand, nor the way in which the government wants to see this market grow.
It is why the NIC has called for action to deliver a visible charging network nationwide that will encourage the growth in demand for electric vehicles.
This was outlined in the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA), set out in July 2018 by the NIC, which made a number of recommendations to set out a low carbon energy future, with the introduction of greener, zero emission vehicles very much part of the agenda.
Within the NIA, the NIC said charging infrastructure must be delivered if demand is to reach anything near 100% for electric car and van sales by 2030.
And an NIC spokesperson commented in the wake of Kia’s success.
“While it is great news that an electric car has been awarded Car of the Year, the UK needs to develop a truly visible, national charging network to help more drivers make the switch from petrol and diesel.
“Our NIA includes recommendations to achieve just that and make sure the UK is ready for this growing market, including offering subsidies to support rural and remote areas, and getting councils to allocate a portion of their parking spaces for potential future charging points.”