Last year, the UK government unveiled an ambitious plan that would see the country ban the sale of new internal-combustion-engine (“ICE”) vehicles in exchange for electric vehicles (“EVs”). Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs, EVs produce zero emissions at the tailpipe, and for most countries, they represent the next frontier of clean, vehicular transport. However, one issue that has consistently stood in the way of widespread EV adoption is the absence of a network of reliable public electric vehicle chargers.
To increase the number of public charging stations and boost EV adoption, a UK think tank says oil firms should be compelled to install rapid EV chargers. According to the think tank Bright Blue, requiring oil companies to install rapid chargers for EVs in all petrol stations above a certain size by 2023 will help speed up the rollout of zero-emission vehicles.
The think tank’s report recommends a reversal in cuts to government grants for battery-powered electric vehicles and grants to give low-income households access to second-hand EVs; the report also suggests that sellers inform buyers about the lower lifetime costs for EVs at the point of sale.
Transportation is the largest carbon dioxide emitter in the UK, accounting for close to 28% of all emissions in the country in 2018. More than half of the transport sector’s emissions come from cars. Unlike other sectors that have made strides in reducing their carbon emissions in the past few years, transportation still lags behind. As such, the government has taken steps to cut down on emissions from vehicles, including banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and introducing grants for BEVs.
According to Patrick Hall at Bright Blue, few rapid chargers exist away from major motorways. If oil companies install at least three rapid chargers at each of their petrol stations, it would help reduce the range anxiety most potential EV drivers have. Range anxiety is the fear of running out of power on long journeys without a charging station in sight, and it has kept many drivers from going green. He says that the government could use the £940m ($1.2 billion) Rapid Charging Fund to pay for the required grid connections.
Shell, for instance, has 1,000 petrol stations in the UK and has already joined the EV revolution, adding almost 100 rapid chargers on its forecourt. The oil company aims to have 200 rapid EV chargers installed by the end of 2021. István Kapitány at Shell Global Mobility says the company is dedicated to providing its customers with accessible and affordable EV charging options, whether they are at work, at home or on the go.
Meanwhile, companies such as ev Transportation Services Inc. have offerings for different segments of the market. For example, the firm has a light-duty commercial vehicle that is ideal for security as well as perimeter patrol requirements due to its many features. Those features include speed and agility, as well as high-intensity lighting that requires limited amounts of energy.
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