Private Hire Operator Addison Lee welcomed the publication of the UK electric vehicle infrastructure strategy after citing current driver concerns.
The vision and action plan for electric vehicle charging infrastructure within the United Kingdom was released this week and sets out the Department for Transport’s (DfT) vision and action plan for the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the UK, ahead of the phase out dates.
The DfT intends:
to end the sale of new petrol and diesel petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030
for all new cars and vans to be fully zero emission at the tailpipe by 2035.
The strategy was informed by:
engagement carried out in 2021 with transport and energy stakeholders and local authorities
Public electric vehicle charging infrastructure: drivers without access to off-street parking, research conducted on behalf of the Department for Transport by Britain Thinks
Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee, said: "We welcome the publication of the Government’s EV infrastructure strategy and its commitment to invest £1.6bn to increase the number of electric chargers to 300,000 by 2030. Since November 2021, Addison Lee has added 450 fully electric vehicles to our London fleet and, to date, it is evident that the number one issue facing drivers is the charging of their vehicles.
“In a recent survey, 65% of Addison Lee partner drivers highlighted availability as the biggest concern when trying to charge their EVs, while 80% spent over 15 minutes trying to locate a rapid charger. And with the majority of London drivers not having access to off-street parking, an affordable and accessible EV charging network is essential to give drivers the confidence to switch to electric ahead of the Government’s 2030 deadline.
“As we continue our transition, it is increasingly clear that the UK as a whole needs greater urgency in the rollout of our EV infrastructure network.”