Government target for rapid chargers an important step towards mass EV market

  • Government releases vision for 6 high powered, open access chargepoints (150 – 350 kilowatt capable) at motorway service areas in England by 2023
  • Ambition for 2,500 such chargers by 2030 and 6,000 by 2035
  • New stipulations on these chargers relating to consumer ease and access
  • Comments on the vision from the EV charging sector can be found below

Commenting on the release of the Department for Transport’s vision for rapid charging along the strategic motorways and A-roads, Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the REA said:

“We welcome the vison released today for rapid charging along the major motorways and A roads. Targets are important, and that these are being bolstered by a major pot of funding for electricity network upgrades shows significant Government commitment to this agenda.

“This is an important moment for the UK’s electric vehicle sector, one which should give confidence to investors, fleets, and individual drivers alike. Rapid charging is a crucial part of the overall network that the industry is building, and complements the slower chargers currently being installed en-mass on-street, in businesses, and in homes across the country. Ensuring consumer choice in where, how, and with whom drivers charge is a key part of this major technology change.

“Equally important as the vision for the number of chargers is the Government’s comments on how chargers need to be easy to use. Consumers should be able to charge simply, and should have the option access data on their charging sessions.”

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Notes to editors

  1. Details of the policy announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-vision-for-the-rapid-chargepoint-network-in-england/government-vision-for-the-rapid-chargepoint-network-in-england

About the REA

The REA is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies with around 550 members operating across heat, transport, and power. The REA is a not-for-profit organisation that represents renewable energy and clean technology companies operating in over fourteen sectors, ranging from biogas and renewable fuels to solar and electric vehicle charging. Membership ranges from major multinationals to sole traders.

About the REA’s Electric Vehicle Forum

The REA’s EV Forum is comprised of around 75 companies involved in financing, installing, operating, manufacturing, and providing services to the UK’s EV charging infrastructure market.

For more information, visit: www.r-e-a.net