Transport Day at COP28 saw the announcement from the UK that £70 million
will be used to increase the number of electric vehicle chargers.

At COP28 on Wednesday the 6th of December, the UK Government has launched a new pilot scheme, worth £70 million. This scheme is set to be put in place to increase the benefits of motorway services when regarding electric vehicle chargers and their charge points. Through this scheme the government are expected to increase the number of ultra rapid EV charger points that are available.

The announcement, for this increase in charge points, came from the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper. Harper, during COP28, shared the UK’s plans with those that were in attendance. These plans include information regarding boosting the electrical network capacity of 10 sites within England, that will be known as the plan’s trial sites. If successful this plan and influx of funding, should cause the increased electricity network capacity to be future proofed. The UK Government have promised that this future proofing will ensure this new capacity for the next ten years, with hope it will be successful up to 2035.

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Businesses are getting behind the new plan, as they hope the installation of more dependable and longer-distance charge points will be a boost for the businesses within the motorway services and those within the electric vehicle sector.

The UK’s Transport Minister for Technology and Decarbonisation, Anthony Browne stated:

“This is an important next step in our journey to net zero and demonstrates
the government’s commitment to help the private sector expand our
charging network.

The scheme follows our world-leading zero emission vehicle mandate, meaning
we are truly supporting drivers and industry in making the switch to electric.”

This announcement, made at COP28, is part of Rapid Charging Fund (RCF). This fund’s main aims are to help the market to provide charging infrastructure to increase the rate of transition to both electric cars and vans, and to increase the number of ultra-rapid charge points to decrease charge anxiety and encourage buyers to go electric when choosing a new vehicle.

In order to strategically plan the fund, there will be a ten week consultation between the UK Government and different stakeholders. These stakeholders will include charge point operators, electricity suppliers, and motorway services operators.

Mark Harper, the Secretary of State for Transport stated that:

 

“This government is on the side of drivers and working with the private sector
to provide robust charge point infrastructure is part of our Plan for Drivers, with
today’s announcement paving the way for more ultra-rapid charge points.

This £70 million pilot scheme is the starting point and sends a message to
consumers and industry that we are investing wisely and rapidly to grow the
future of transport in the UK.”

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The Rapid Charging Fund (RCF) and the £70 million boost, announced at COP28, are both part of the UK Government’s Plan for Drivers. This plan has been put into place to ensure that drivers are supported. The aims of this plan are to ensure accessibility and safety for all drivers, whilst maintaining environmental responsibility. This includes helping to increase the rate of transition to net zero emission driving, and to encourage motorists to choose electric vehicles.

The plan’s pledges for net zero also includes making it easier and faster to install charge points, such as for on street charging, installing charge points at schools to lower the education sector’s carbon footprint, and grid connection processes will be reviewed to find ways to speed up the process.

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