Momentum to drive to electric builds, and the charging network must follow.

By Alex Hinchcliffe, head of EV charging at Fulcrum

It appears that almost every day there is some new, positive news about the electric vehicle industry as the UK prepares to turn its back on the internal combustion engine. 

Recently, plans were unveiled for a new so-called ‘giga-factory’ in Northumberland that will produce electric storage cells for 300,000 vehicles a year by 2027.  This follows hot on the heels of announcements from two of the biggest car producers, Ford and Jaguar.

Jaguar has said it will become an all-electric car manufacturer by 2025, while its Land Rover and Range Rover brands will phase out diesel engines by 2026 with plans to stop production of petrol and diesel engines by 2036.

Ford has gone a step further by ambitiously pledging to stop selling cars with any form of combustion engine in the UK and Europe by 2030.

All of this is against the backdrop of the government’s road to net-zero, which includes the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030.

There is currently, however, a disconnect between the pace in the adoption of EVs and the roll out of the UK charging network.  According to recent figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, last year there were 108,205 new battery-powered vehicles sold, but only 4,270 new public charge points.

The industry and the government recognise this challenge with new funding programmes and innovative technologies designed to accelerate the creation of a country-wide network.

Among the developments is a new £20m scheme as part of the government’s On-Street Residential Charge Point Scheme where Local Authorities are able to access up to 75 percent of the cost of providing on-street charging. 

This is a significant opportunity to expand the UK charging network and will allow specialists in the sector, such as utility-infrastructure providers like Fulcrum, to help Local Authorities implement creative charging solutions in existing residential areas.

Further support also comes in the form of a £50 million boost to the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which will be extended and available to leaseholders and those in rented accommodation, and the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS), which will be opened up to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and the charity sector.

Additionally, there I a limited window to take advantage of the Green Recovery Fund. 
Developers supporting the UK’s net-zero ambitions can apply for a portion of this £300m fund, created by OFGEM, as part of the country’s green recovery.

This fund is to assist with new infrastructure projects that will unlock early investment in the grid, creating extra capacity to support the transition to a net-zero carbon economy.
 
Submissions to apply for the funds are needed in the next few weeks, and our team are available to guide organisations through the process.

This is an exciting period in the story of EVs in the UK, which will have some fascinating chapters ahead.  As an experienced part of the sector’s supply chain, we are well placed to play our part and look forward to contributing to a net-zero nation.

If you have any questions about EV charging infrastructure solutions, or I need support EV revolution plans, please get in touch.

Alex.
 

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