Britain only has 15 per cent of the electric vehicle charging points required to meet its climate targets by 2025, according to analysis by Labour. The party warned of a “gulf emerging” between those who can access the benefits of a move towards electric vehicles, and those for whom the technology will not be available – both because of lack of charging points, and due to the upfront price of vehicles. According to the Climate Change Committee, there need to be around 150,000 public charge points operating in our country by 2025 and these should be “widely available across the UK”. However, the rate of the roll out is far behind schedule, with just 22,790 public charging points available around the country – meaning more than 127,000 must be installed in just the next four years. Ed Miliband, Labour’s shadow business secretary, said the party supported the government’s target to take new petrol and diesel vehicles off the road by the end of the decade, but needed to do more to reach that goal.
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