UK Government Charges Ahead with Electric Vehicles

­­­­With the government announcement that the sale of new diesel & petrol cars will be banned by 2040, development projects across the UK are hurriedly assessing the feasibility of additional EV parking provision.

The announcement was made in the government air quality plan at the end of July, which includes the promise of £40m immediately to start local schemes rolling, which could include: changing road layouts, retrofitting public transport, schemes to encourage people to leave their cars at home, or Electric Vehicles (EV) incentives.

The funding pot will come from changes to tax on diesel vehicles and the reprioritising of departmental budgets – the exact details will be announced later in the year.

The UK plan also includes a £1 billion fund for investing in low-emission cars, of which nearly £100 million will go toward developing the country’s charging infrastructure.

One innovative design being trialled in the UK involves adapting street lamps to charge vehicles which is being trialled in several London Boroughs already.

Greengage undertook a detailed EV charging feasibility study in 2015 and an updated study in 2017 for Whitbread PLC who operate Premier Inn and Costa Coffee. Our work involved an extensive market review which informed our recommendations on how EV charge points could be rolled out including recommended charging units, suppliers and key partnerships, available funding and revenue streams, hotel sites with high demand potential and associated marketing initiatives to raise awareness of the technology.

Greengage is focused on providing our clients with a clear and sound energy strategy towards measuring the benefits of installing electrical vehicle charging points, be it on individual developments or over wider areas for public sector clients such as LPAs and Regional Transport Authorities (TfL, TfGM). Greengage will explore any site limitations considering the electrical infrastructure capability, advising on the required upgrades that will be required before installation.

If you would like to discuss any of this further please contact chris.burgess@greengage-env.com