London and the south-east have benefited disproportionately from the installation of new electric car charge points in the last year, amid a push to be ready the UK for the ban on internal combustion engine cars in 2030. The two regions together received 45% of new charger capacity in the year to October, well in excess of their 27% share of the population, according to a Guardian analysis of Zap Map data which shows charging points across the UK published by the Department for Transport. Every other region received a lower proportion of new charge points installed during the year to October than their population would suggest.
Guardian 23rd Nov 2020 read more »
Electric car batteries are being sent to Europe for recycling, a study has found, amid expert warnings that Britain is not ready for the electric vehicle revolution. The UK urgently needs to establish its own battery recycling facilities to avoid paying to ship batteries to Europe and losing out on a multi-million pound industry as it makes the transition to electric vehicles, experts have warned. Britain currently has no plans to set up its own recycling facilities for lithium-ion batteries, despite this week announcing a ban on new combustion engines within ten years. Any old EV batteries must instead be stored in the UK and then shipped to recycling facilities in Europe, including Germany, Belgium and Finland.
Telegraph 22nd Nov 2020 read more »