Councils aim low with on-street charger plans

Councils are planning on installing just 35 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers each by 2025 on average, an investigation has revealed.

A freedom of information request by Centrica shows there are 7,682 on-street chargers currently installed across the UK, with 9,317 more planned over the next four years.

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The research shows that southern English councils are set to install two and a half times as many on-street EV chargers by 2025 than councils in Northern England, the Midlands, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.

Of those councils surveyed, 126 have no plans to install any more EV chargers than they already have between now and the end of 2025.

Amanda Stretton, sustainable transport editor at Centrica, said: ‘The latest figures released today demonstrate the need for all UK councils to play their part in helping to achieve the 2030 ban. Whilst it’s great news that the government are providing initiatives to make the transition more affordable, cost isn’t the only barrier.

’With half of drivers attributing lack of chargers as the main reason preventing them from purchasing an EV, it’s unfair that those without a driveway risk getting left behind. Charging infrastructure and energy systems will need to be upgraded to cope with the demand and support drivers.’

Research published last year found only one in six councils in England have installed on-street EV charge points.

This article first appeared on localgov.co.uk.

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