The number of rapid chargers that can power up an electric car in less than half an hour will be more than doubled under new government plans. Ministers will announce today that £70 million will be invested in a scheme to create 3,000 new rapid charge points across the UK, making it easier for electric car owners to embark on lengthy cross-country journeys. The expansion will be made over the next five years. It is expected to increase the number of the most efficient public chargers from just over 2,000 now to more than 5,000 by 2024. The move is being made amid concerns that poor battery range and a perceived shortage of roadside chargers are preventing drivers from choosing electric cars.
Times 10th Sept 2019 read more »
Bus operators have pledged to buy only ultra-low or zero-emission vehicles from 2025 as they called on the government to outline a national strategy to encourage more people to use buses. The Confederation of Passenger Transport, which represents most bus operators in the UK including the big five firms – Arriva, FirstGroup, Go Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach – said it wanted lower fares for jobseekers and apprentices, smart ticketing and innovative, sustainable solutions for rural areas, where bus services have been hit particularly hard. While bus travel remains the most popular form of public transport, passenger numbers in Britain have flatlined after declining central funding led to fewer services and higher fares.
Guardian 9th Sept 2019 read more »