One major hurdle in the mass adoption of electric vehicles is “range anxiety,” which is a fear of not having enough range to reach a destination.
By Murray Slovick, Contributing Editor
The UK government has revealed its “Road to Zero” plan. It seeks to boost demand for zero- and ultra-low-emissions vehicles on its roads by requiring most new homes to be equipped with an electric-vehicle (EV) charge point.
According to the report, the UK will support “development of one of the best electric-vehicle infrastructure networks in the world” by launching a £400 million ($528,544,800 US dollars) fund to help accelerate charging infrastructure deployment. Another $50 million will go to promote wireless-charging technology.
In an official statement, the government said “It is our intention that all new homes, where appropriate, should have a charge point available. In addition, all new streetlight poles will be equipped with a charger in places with on-street parking.”
The government will use powers granted by the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (the House of Commons has accepted all amendments proposed by the House of Lords so the Bill will now proceed to Royal Assent—this is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill into an Act of Parliament [law]). The Bill aims to ensure:
- that charge points are available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers.
- that charge points are easily accessed and used across the UK. This includes powers to provide a uniform method of accessing public charge points and refueling points; make certain information is publicly available in an open and transparent format; and set reliability standards.
- that charge points are smart-ready by giving government powers to set requirements prohibiting the sale or installation of charge points unless they meet certain requirements.
A lack of charging points is seen as one of the obstacles in the way of mass adoption of electric cars. This is largely due to “range anxiety”—the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination and would thus strand the vehicle’s occupants.
The measures outlined in the report amount to nearly £1.5 billion of investment, and are part of the government’s push to end the sale of new cars and vans fueled by gasoline and diesel oil by 2040.As stated in the Road to Zero document: “Our mission is to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles, and for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.
“As set out in the NO2plan, we will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. By then, we expect the majority of new cars and vans sold to be 100% zero emission and all new cars and vans to have significant zero-emission capability. By 2050, we want almost every car and van to be zero emission. We want to see at least 50%, and as many as 70%, of new car sales and up to 40% of new van sales being ultra-low emission by 2030.”