Through access to carwow’s database, Vauxhall can work with councils to pinpoint where interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is strongest across the country and where requirement lies for on-street charge point installation to be accelerated.
InstaVolt is the UK’s largest ultra-rapid public charging network, operating 1,300+ ultra-rapid and rapid charge points across 550+ locations up and down the UK. An ultra-rapid charge point can charge an average EV from 20% to 80% in 15-20 minutes – enough time for a quick coffee break.
Working with leading charging operators char.gy, Connected Kerb and SureCharge, Vauxhall has set up an ‘Enablement Fund’ to help councils understand the scale of on-street charging issues, and the solutions available, ahead of the Government’s planned ban on the sale of new combustion engined cars in 2030.
Partnership between Surrey County Council and Connected Kerb supports the delivery of ambitious EV charging infrastructure rollouts at the scale and pace needed to meet targets set by the government and to keep pace with rapidly growing EV adoption – up 40% in 2022 compared to 2021.
Smart metering works by enabling EVs to schedule charging to times when energy prices are cheapest, such as overnight when demand is low or on sunny and windy days when there is an abundance of cheap solar and wind energy. This reduces emissions, takes pressure off the grid at peak times and keeps costs low for drivers.
Multi-million-pound investment into UK public charging infrastructure will be critical to delivering the Government’s plan of installing more than 300,000 chargers by 2030. For context, the investment of up to £110 million is equivalent to around a quarter of all the money committed by the UK Government under its flagship Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund, aimed at helping local authorities fund on-street EV charging projects.
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