Charging Up

Policies to deliver a comprehensive network of public EV chargepoints.

February 2, 2021

The UK’s commitment to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 was at the heart of the Prime Minister’s recent ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’.  This commitment reflects both sharp reductions in the cost of electric vehicles (EVs) and the urgent need to clean up the transport sector, which is now the UK’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Here, Policy Exchange explore policies to deliver a comprehensive network of public EV chargepoints across the whole of the UK. The report recommends that, in underserved areas, the Government should procure chargepoints through competitive tenders. In addition, the authors argue that the Government should fund dedicated ‘Chargepoint Teams’ in Local Authorities to accelerate the rollout of chargepoints in their local area.

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Ed Birkett

Head of Energy and Environment (2020-2022)

William Nicolle

Research Fellow, Energy and Environment.

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