The Government has published its long-awaited ‘Road to Zero’ white paper detailing how it wants to achieve its goal of ending the sale of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.
As part of a push to help drivers go green, the Department for Transport said it wants to improve the country’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Buried in the document is a commitment to increase the level of the Workplace Charging Scheme from £300 per socket to 75% of the purchase price up to £500, matching the level of funding that is available for home chargers.
The document added the Government intends to gather further evidence of any key network connection infrastructure barriers which may prevent further uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles, specifically for fleet operators as part of forthcoming call for evidence on last-mile deliveries.
Charging points should be pre-installed in every new-build homes, the paper added, while the Government said it also wants to see chargers installed on lampposts, which could “potentially provide a massive expansion of the plug-in network.
Company car drivers are a particular focus for the Government between now and 2040, with the paper saying it will “take steps” to accelerate the adoption of fuel-efficient motoring by company car drivers and businesses operating fleets, while a taskforce is set to be create to help increase the use of telematics devices.
The paper also hints the current fuel duty regime could be tweaked and extended to other fuels later this year: “The Government has committed to review whether current fuel duty rates for alternatives to petrol and diesel are appropriate, ahead of decisions at Budget 2018,” it said.
In the paper, the Government restated its ambition to see half of all new cars emit less than 75g/km of CO2 by 2030, while it the paper reaffirmed an expectation a quarter of the central Government’s car fleet to be ultra-low emission and that all new car purchases are ultra-low emission “by default”.
“The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution – ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy,” said Chris Grayling, secretary of state for transport.
David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, welcomed the publication of the document: “We are very pleased to see the continued focus on supporting home charging, as well as an increase in the Workplace Charging Scheme, and a commitment to encourage the installation of charging infrastructure in new developments, which will cost less than retrofitting it in the future,” he said.