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Ofgem commits £300 million to EV charging infrastructure

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Ofgem has just announced a £300 million investment in EV charging infrastructure, boosting the government's net zero targets and hopefully encouraging more consumers to buy EVs, although the next step should be to improve quality of charging according to DevicePilot.
Ofgem commits £300 million to EV charging infrastructure

According to statistics from a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request issued by DevicePilot to district councils about their plans for EV charging:

English councils received just £0.45 per capita of government funding for EV charging infrastructure in the past year – less than a quarter of the Scottish figure of £1.91 and half of what Welsh councils received per capita (£0.91)

Just 20 percent of UK councils have a plan for EV charging infrastructure rollout to 2025 or beyond

UK councils are planning on installing just 5,232 charging points by the end of this year, with more than half (51 percent) of these planned in London

English councils outside of London are planning just one new charging point for every 19,159 residents by the end of this year, compared to one per every 2,741 London residents and one charging point per every 6,449 Scottish residents.

“Clearly, this money will be a huge help towards reaching the government’s net zero targets, and with the combustion engine ban in 2030 approaching, it is great to see the government investing money into much-needed charging infrastructure” said Pilgrim Beart, cofounder and CEO of DevicePilot. “Our FOI data has shown that large areas of the country are in desperate need of a cash injection to fuel their charging infrastructure improvements, particularly in England, where councils receive less than a quarter of the funding that Scottish councils do for EV charging. Hopefully, this disparity will be addressed with this latest announcement. Of course, the next step for EV charging providers is ensuring that these charging points actually function as they should. ZapMap data shows that at any one time 5.8 percent of charging points are offline. That is staggeringly high, and just imagine if the same were true of petrol pumps – there would be outrage. This is why the effective monitoring of EV charging points via Service Monitoring technology should be a high priority during rollout, as it only gets harder to initiate when you are adding more and more devices to your fleet.”

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