When it comes to finding places to charge your car, the available options are a lot better than they used to be. That said, given how much more popular electric cars are becoming, we can't be complacent and stop improving the EV charging infrastructure. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has some ideas on that, and part of it involves requiring new-build suburban homes to have electric car chargers installed from the get go.
Obviously these new proposals comes at a time where the government is being criticised for not taking its carbon-cutting responsibilities seriously enough, so these proposals are designed to make it easier for people to recharge their cars compared to the minute or two it takes refill a petrol tank.
Among the proposals are assessments to see if you home and offices should be built with mandatory charging points, the construction of car-charging street lights in appropriate locations, and more money allocated to fund the expansion of the UK's charging infrastructure. They're also expected to better explain the details regarding the 2040 ban on new cars powered by petrol and diesel. For instance, we still don't know whether that ban will include hybrid vehicles that still require some sort of fossil fuel to drive long distances.
Chris Grayling said the proposals would mean the UK would have "one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world".
"The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050."
And improving the charging infrastructure is a good thing. BBC News notes that both the RAC Foundation and AA have found that lack of access to reliable chargers is one of the hurdles people are facing when it comes to buying an electric vehicle, so this is a step in the right direction. That said, The Campaign for Better Transport says the "overall the strategy fails to match the urgency of the situation". It's been calling the government to bring the sales ban forward by ten years, to 2030, and to clear up confusion about hybrids.
There's no news on whether these proposals will also include anything about hydrogen-powered cars, which we all know is possible, but they should. [BBC News]