OFGEM to install 1,800 "ultra-rapid” EV charging points across UK
The Office of Gas & Electricity Markets (OFGEM), the UK government agency that regulates electricity and natural gas markets in the country, has announced plans to install more “ultra-rapid” EV charging points.
Announcing the plans, the UK energy regulator OFGEM revealed that it would provide cabling for as many as 1,800 new "ultra-rapid” EV charging points at various motorway service areas and important trunk road locations across the nation. Nearly £300 million will be invested on more than 200 low-carbon projects as part of the government’s plans to prepare the country for using more electricity for transportation.
It may be noted here that transportation is one of the biggest sources of increasing carbon emissions, blamed for global warming and climate change. Thus, governments around the globe are boosting their efforts to encourage automobile manufacturers as well as consumers to shift from conventional internal combustion engines (ICEs) to environment-friendly, zero emission EVs. However, lack of charging infrastructure remains a big hurdle on the way to the transition.
Once the 1,800 new "ultra-rapid” EV charging points are installed, the UK’s existing charging network will triple in size.
The UK energy regulator is also planning to provide infrastructure for additional 1,750 charging points in various towns and cities of the country. Both investments, which are part of the government’s much larger £40 billion investment plan, are expected to take a couple of years.
OFGEM CEO Jonathan Brearley said in a statement, “The payment will support the rapid take up of electric vehicles which will be vital if Britain is to hit its climate change targets. Drivers need to be confident that they can charge their car quickly when they need to. We’re paving the way for the installation of 1,800 ultra-rapid charge points, tripling the number of these public charge points. Drivers will have more charging options for longer journeys.”
The regulator wants to leave no stone unturned to reassure drivers range anxiety or lack of infrastructure will no longer worry them during a long drive.
Expressing hope that the investment will go a long way to increase uptake of EVs, the UK energy regulator stressed that the aforementioned investment is just the start of building a greener energy network across the country as more investment plans are being considered to boost mass adoption of EVs, which is “vital” for the government to meet its environmental targets.