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South East England Requires Massive Surge in Electric Vehicle Charging Points, States New Report

South East England Requires Massive Surge in Electric Vehicle Charging Points, States New Report

By James Fisher

In an effort to address the growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, a new initiative has been launched in the South East of England. According to a recently released report, the region must undergo a significant fivefold increase in the number of charging points before the end of the decade.

Transport for South East (TfSE) has introduced the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy, aiming to establish a robust network of charging stations to cater to motorists in the area. The strategy predicts a staggering requirement of up to 28,500 charging points across the TfSE region by 2030, far surpassing the current levels.

Unveiled this week, the strategy aligns with the government’s objective of banning the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by the end of the decade, as well as the broader goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. It was developed in collaboration with local authorities, network operators, and charge point operators throughout the region.

Zapmap data reveals that the South East of England currently possesses 12.6 percent of the UK’s total EV market share, with 5,346 charging points. Only Greater London surpasses this figure, accounting for 31.6 percent of the country’s total EV market share and boasting an impressive 13,426 chargers.

Councillor Keith Glazier emphasized the urgent need to address the transport sector’s significant carbon emissions, which contribute significantly to the region’s environmental footprint. He stated that smarter and greener planning is required to lead the way in decarbonizing the transport network and meet the increasing demand for EVs.

Highlighting the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, Glazier explained that Transport for the South East’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy provides an opportunity to prepare for the inevitable surge in demand as more individuals make the switch to EVs.

To assess the current infrastructure and forecast future demand for charging points, the Department for Transport awarded TfSE with funding. With the support of key stakeholders, TfSE will collaborate with local authorities to strategize the implementation of charging infrastructure. Regular reviews of the strategy and ongoing work by local authorities will ensure effective progress and the dissemination of information to all involved parties.

Glazier affirmed the commitment to collaborate with national and regional partners to drive the necessary changes to decarbonise the transport network. He acknowledged the significance of the strategy as a substantial step forward but emphasised the need for complementary measures, such as providing alternative transportation options, promoting freight transport via rail, and integrating housing and employment planning to encourage sustainable transport choices.

Written by James Fisher
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