The North West of England’s first dedicated ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) power site has now opened in Manchester – also the first rapid-only site in Manchester – at MFG’s Stretford branch on the Chester Road. The site is strategically placed on the A56 and has eight dedicated ultra-rapid 150kW EV charging bays, which can give 100 miles of range in 10 minutes of charging.
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Shell has announced its aim to install 50,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the UK over the next four years, in an attempt to provide a third of the network needed to hit national climate change targets. Earlier this year, the energy company acquired ubitricity, a leading supplier of local authorities’ on-street EV power points, with a network of 3,600 chargers in lamp posts or bollards. The paucity of on-street charging in urban areas has been seen as a significant obstacle in the government’s drive to phase out fossil fuel vehicles in favour of electric cars. The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030 in the UK. According to a National Audit Office report into reducing carbon emissions from cars, more than 60% of urban households in England do not have off-street parking, with the number rising to 68% for social housing.
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New report from Tony Blair Institute warns failure to prepare for the accelerating shift to electric vehicles could hit Treasury coffers and trigger a new wave of congestion on the roads.
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Avoiding Gridlock Britain.
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Boris Johnson has hinted that drivers could face new taxes to use the roads as the government looks for ways to claw back £30 billion in income lost in the switch to electric cars. Traffic jams could paralyse the road network in coming years, a report said this week, with low-emission vehicles, which escape fuel duty, making it cheaper to drive. The report by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a think tank, recommends the introduction of road pricing. Motorists would be taxed on the size of their vehicle and the time they used the roads, with higher charges during peak hours.
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