Andrew Jones tells Chargemaster Electric Vehicle event that government is keen to see more councils adopt electric vehicle charge points
Adoption of electric vehicles is close to a â€˜tipping pointâ€™ in the UK, and the technology could become as widely used as the internet a government minister has claimed.
Andrew Jones â€“ the Under Secretary for Transport â€“ made the comments at the Chargemaster vehicle charging event in Bayswater, central London yesterday (21 January), where he claimed that sales of electric vehicles are â€˜rocketingâ€™.
He said: â€œPlug-in vehicle registrations reached a record high in 2015, as 28,188 new ULEVs arrived on UK roads, more than the past 5 yearsâ€™ totals rolled into one.
â€œThe UK now has the most comprehensive rapid chargepoint network in Europe, and home-grown companies such as Chargemaster are making the UKâ€™s ULEV industry a private sector success story.â€
Commenting on the takeup of the technology, Mr Jones said that its growth reminded him of that of the internet, which began as a â€˜niche interestâ€™ but is now ever-present in modern life.
â€œI think we are seeing a similar picture emerging for ultra low emission vehicles in Britain today,â€ he added.
The minister also stated that around 50,000 claims for the governmentâ€™s plug in grant scheme claims have been made since 2011, which is designed to support the development of electric vehicle infrastructure. A Â£400 million extension to the scheme was announced in December â€“ which it is hoped could double the number of grants issued by the government to support ultra low emission vehicles (see AirQualityNews.com story).
He added: â€œWe are continuing the highly valued home charge scheme under which home-owners can receive a grant for most of the cost of installing a home chargepoint.
â€œAnd we are working with local authorities to increase numbers of on-street chargers for owners who donâ€™t have off-street parking.
â€œBy 2050, we want virtually every car and van on the road to be zero emission.â€