West Midlands charges ahead with EV charging point infrastructure - The Solihull Observer

West Midlands charges ahead with EV charging point infrastructure

Solihull Editorial 13th May, 2023   0

THE WEST Midlands has seen the second largest increase of electric vehicle charging points across the U.K.

The region saw an increase of 6 charging units per 100,000 people, while London saw the largest increase of 6.1 units per 100,000 people.

To help support the rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure, the local electric vehicle infrastructure (LEVI) scheme is a step in the right direction and will help to redress a level playing field of public charging networks across the UK.

However, the expansion of charging point infrastructure is far from equitable across the UK, and more needs to be done to level out the playing field.

Mike Todd, CEO at Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: “Our latest research continues to shed light on the rapidly evolving EV market and the factors influencing adoption.

“There is cause to be optimistic about continued uptake and the number of public chargers is rapidly increasing every year, but it’s vitally important that the infrastructure rollout keeps pace to meet demand.

“As an industry we need to support customers to make the transition to an EV.

“One element of that is the availability of adequate charging, and creating a level playing field across the UK is vital.

“More needs to be done to address this postcode lottery, otherwise we‘ll find that people may hold onto vehicles for longer or delay making the switch to an EV.“


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