Plans announced for major expansion of electric vehicle charging network across Wales
The Welsh Government has announced ambitious plans to increase the number of charging points in Wales to help encourage people to make the switch to electric vehicles.
There are currently more than 1,000 public charging points across Wales, one for every six battery electric vehicles, and the new proposals aim to substantially increase availability over the next four years.
The EV Charging Action Plan also details how the government will work closely with the private sector, with the aim of delivering a charging point facility for every 20 miles of the strategic trunk network across Wales by 2025.
“We need to do more in the next ten years than we’ve done in the last thirty if we’re to reach our NetZero target by 2050,” Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for transport, said.
“Changing the car dependency culture that has been created in the past and encouraging more people to use public transport will be key, but for those essential car journeys, making the switch to an electric vehicle is another way we can make a difference.”
A lack of charging points is one of the top issues cited by drivers against making the switch to electric vehicles.
A recent survey of 13.9 million people by the service centre chain Kwik Fit found that 37% of UK drivers would not make the switch from petrol or diesel because of a lack of public fast charging points, while 35% had concerns about the range vehicles could travel on a single charge.
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