People must be protected from excessive pricing for public electric car charging, MPs have said. Charging an electric car at home is much cheaper than using public charge points. This could put pressure on people who are less able to afford it, the Transport Select Committee said. The government also needs to make charging infrastructure accessible and reliable, and make sure people in rural areas have equal access, the MPs added.
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Statkraft-owned EV charging network operator Mer has signed a new roaming deal with Octopus Electric Juice. Users of Octopus Electric Juice now have access to the 160+ electric vehicle (EV) charging points operated by Mer nationwide through either the Electric Juice app or RFID card.Both Mer and Octopus have committed to using only 100% renewable energy sources, with the addition of Mer to Electric Juice meaning drivers have more green options when it comes to recharging, the companies said.
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Morrisons is expanding the UK’s largest supermarket network of ‘next generation’ rapid electric charging points for electric vehicles, allowing customers to charge the majority of cars from flat to full battery in under 45 minutes. All of the electricity used for charging will come from zero-carbon energy sources like wind and solar.
Edinburgh Reporter 27th July 2021 read more »
The UK Government’s plans to support the battery manufacturing sector to scale up are not sufficient to deliver the transition to net-zero, nor to ensure that the UK remains a leader in this market globally, a Lords Committee is warning. The warning has been made through a new report from the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee. This report has been published today (27 July) and is entitled ‘Battery Strategy Goes Flat: Net-Zero Target at Risk’. “Despite recent announcements of UK Gigafactories, the pace and scale of building these facilities will not meet the demand for batteries and automotive manufacturing will most likely move overseas,” the report warns. Notably, Nissan announced earlier this month that its Sunderland manufacturing facility will be transformed into an electric vehicle (EV) hub featuring a 9GWh Gigafactory. Then, Coventry Airport and Coventry City Council filed a planning application for a Gigafactory on the Airport’s estate.
Edie 27th July 2021 read more »
MPs on the Transport Select Committee have today joined growing the growing chorus of calls for the government to introduce a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate in a bid to accelerate the market for electric cars ahead of petrol and diesel sales coming to an end in 2030. Among a series of recommendations for boosting supply and demand of electric vehicles (EVs) ahead of the 2030 phase out sales of fossil fuel cars and 2035 phase out of hybrids, the Committee called for regulatory requirements for carmakers to sell a minimum proportion of zero emission cars which trends upwards over time, or – if unable to reach targets – to purchase credits from from other manufacturers. The policy would offer a significantly boost for the EV market over the coming years, and in doing so make zero carbon vehicles more accessible for more drivers, a report by the Committee today argues.
Business Green 28th July 2021 read more »
The government will fund the design of a scheme to install overhead electric cables to power electric lorries on a motorway near Scunthorpe, as part of a series of studies on how to decarbonise road freight. The electric road system – or e-highway – study, backed with £2m of funding, will draw up plans to install overhead cables on a 20km (12.4 miles) stretch of the M180 near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. If the designs are accepted and building work is funded the trucks could be on the road by 2024. Road freight is one of the hardest parts of the economy to decarbonise, because no technology exists yet on a large scale that is capable of powering long-haul lorries with zero direct exhaust emissions.
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Ministers must urgently secure supplies of raw battery materials to save the British car industry and meet the Government’s target of banning sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, a Lords committee has warned. A report from the House of Lords’ science and technology committee urges the Government to shore up supplies of key components such as lithium, develop its own facilities to recycle batteries and dramatically boost funding for the domestic “gigafactories” needed to supply electric cars.
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