Petrol And Service Stations Could Be Forced To Install Electric Chargers

The government has announced a brand-new bill that could actually force petrol and service stations by law to install charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.

There are currently only 4,500 charging stations around the UK, the bill would enable this number to increase drastically along with the implementation of roadside charging points in areas where charging at your home is impossible.

Transport Minister John Haynes said: "This bill will aid the construction of greater infrastructure to support the growing demand for automated and electric vehicles as we embrace this technology and move into the future."

The bill goes on to state that every new charging point that's installed will need to be a 'smart charger' meaning that it will know the demand that's being placed on the national grid and adjust in order to maintain equal demand across the country.

A German company Ubitricity has already started rolling out a trial program in London that can actually convert street lamps into charging stations.

While the bill certainly sounds promising, Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation believes that "The test, though, will be how effectively those powers are exercised."

The bill's arrival comes just months after the government finally confirmed that it would be banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

While the date set is further away than most other countries, a recent report by Dutch bank ING predicted that by 2035 almost all vehicles sold in Europe will be electricanyway.

In addition to government support, the car industry has already started making commitments to move all its cars over to either electric or hybrid engines.

Volvo confirmed that all its cars would have an electric motor by 2019 while theVolkswagen Group also announced that it would move all 300 of its models over to an electric powertrain by 2030.


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