Government sets scene for plug-in infrastructure

30 June 2011 #SMMT News

Today government published its ‘Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy‘ – a move welcomed by SMMT as it demonstrates the range of measures being taken to support ultra-low carbon vehicles in the UK.

Plans set out in the strategy will boost consumer confidence and that of investors, increasing the prospect of additional jobs in the low carbon sector and helping to rebalance the economy.

The report also referred to government’s plans to make the process easier to install new charge points in public and domestic locations, encouraging new potential investors into the plug-in vehicle infrastructure market.

The report set out two challenges for SMMT and the wider plug-in vehicle infrastructure industry. These concentrated on specifying how back-office recharging functions will operate, as well as developing recommendations on the most cost-effective way to ensure off-peak recharging.

As the leading industry body on ultra-low carbon vehicles, SMMT will continue to work with government using the expertise and experience of its members, to find appropriate solutions to these challenges.

Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport said, “This strategy will help maintain the UK as a global leader in the design, production and use of electric and ultra-low emission cars and at the forefront of efforts to decarbonise motoring.”

Business Minister Mark Prisk said, “The UK wants to be a world-leader in ultra-low carbon technology and today’s strategy is the next step in our achievement of that aim.

“I hope today’s report will accelerate the growth of the ultra-low carbon vehicle market by giving clarity about the government’s plans.”

Follow this link to read the full report: Making the Connection: the Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy


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