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New measures on EV infrastructure in Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill

Wed 22 February 2017 | Back to news list

A new Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill has set out plans to enable easier access to recharging infrastructure for electric vehicles. It also seeks to ensure the right infrastructure is in place for the growing market for electric vehicles.

The Bill includes provision for motorway services and large fuel retailers to be compelled to provide electric charge points and hydrogen refuelling stations under planned new laws.

The measures could also make sure data about the location and availability of charging stations is openly available, and make it easier to use the different networks which are available. They follow a public consultation on measures to improve charging infrastructure.

John Hayes, Minister of State for Transport said: "If we are to accelerate the use of electric vehicles we must take action now and be ready to take more action later. I recognise that to encourage more drivers to go electric, the infrastructure needs to become even more widespread than the 11,000 charging points already in place and more straightforward. We are determined to do all we can to make electric vehicles work for everyone and these new laws will help make this a reality."

The Bill includes a range of other measures including with regard to insurance for fully autonomous cars.

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