Welsh govt plans to boost EV charging network

The Welsh Government has published its strategy to achieve a substantial increase in the number of electric car charging points in Wales, it has announced.

The plans are based on a 2025 vision that all users of EVs can be “confident” that they can access charging infrastructure “when they need it”.

The government plans a proposed investment of £30 million over five years with a consultation on the strategy being launched. It will form part of Welsh Government’s ongoing efforts to support the transition to low emission vehicles and complementing the UK Government’s recently announced policy to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030.

Currently just 0.17% of vehicles used in Wales are electric, and the government said that increasing the number of electric cars on roads is part of efforts to achieve a major reduction in carbon emissions from the transport network.

Discussion with consumers identified a number of issues which reduced confidence in using electric vehicles, it said. To address these concerns the Welsh Government has listed desired outcomes, including:

  • payment to be possible by contactless payment and an associated app based system, with simple and accessible pricing information
  • consistent information about charging on main roads
  • reliable and available infrastructure
  • 24/7 customer care to support drivers
  • safe, well-lit environments for charging facilities

Other steps to improve access to charging points include better provision at homes and offices, on-street fast charging being encouraged throughout Wales, and a rapid charging network being provided on main roads. Over the next decade the strategy identifies the need for between 30,000 and 50,000 fast chargers and 2,000 to 3,500 rapid/ultra-rapid chargers.

Ken Skates, minister for economy, transport and north Wales, said: We are at the early stages of a transport revolution that will see the phasing out of petrol and diesel cars and vans. To tackle the climate emergency our transport system must become cleaner and greener.

“Electric vehicles is an emerging market but one that that will be integral to how we travel in the coming years. Improvements cannot be driven by government alone, and this strategy will support the public, private and third sector to work together in giving people confidence in using electric vehicles.”

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