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Under new laws coming into effect later this year, the UK’s electric vehicle rapid-charging network must be 99% reliable.

Ministers hope this will remove range anxiety and create a “world-class” charging network. The new laws also call for a £1.6bn investment in 300,000 new charging points across the country, which would be five times the number of many conventional fuel pumps currently in operation. It is promised that these systems should be operational by 2030 and spread across the country.

A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesperson said: “We’ve committed £1.6bn to support the rollout of charge points across the UK and, as part of our recently published Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, we will set new laws to improve reliability at public charge points.”

They added that accessibility of charging devices is also a priority: “We recently consulted on ensuring that charge points are inclusively designed and will publish our response later this year.”  

It was announced yesterday that the number of public Electric Vehicle charging stations in the UK has increased by 33%, with 30,290 currently in operation. The data, from map provider Zap Map and published by DfT, shows around 7,500 new devices were installed last year – 1,915 in the past three months alone.

Broken down, the figures show that London has the most charging stations, with 111 charging stations per 100,000 people. Northern Ireland was the UK country with the fewest recorded, at just 18 per 100,000 people. In the UK, there are on average 45 public charging points per 100,000 people.

It also found how many of these were Rapid chargers, with 13.6 per 100,000 people in Scotland and just 1.3 in Northern Ireland. At a more local level, the North West of England had 5.9 per 100,000 people, while the North East had 9.4.

Electric vehicle adoption is expected to continue to grow exponentially as the 2030 ban on the sale of ICE vehicles approaches, and data shows governments and companies are responding with charging stations: at this time in 2015, there were only about 2,000 devices rising to 10,000 in 2018 before the new laws were announced.

Meanwhile in other News;

ZipCharge introduces the GoHub Electric Vehicle charging station.

ZipCharge has launched the GoHub Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure, which is three times less expensive and three times faster to install compared to level 2 on street chargers.

The company last year launched the Go Portable Power Bank, a compact, suitcase-sized portable device with 4kW of charge.

GoHub is designed to host multiple Go power banks that can be purchased, subscribed to, or rented outright.

Jonathan Carrier, co-founder of ZipCharge, said: “We intend to establish the world’s first vertically integrated energy point operator to serve hundreds of millions of people around the world so everyone can access convenient and low-cost energy.

“The ZipCharge Go and GoHub are capable of storing clean energy and then distributing it for a variety of purposes, from charging electric vehicles to powering equipment.

“We predict our portable powerbanks will outsell fixed home chargers by 2030, in the same way mobile phones overtook landlines.

“That’s because the Go can be used for more than Electric Vehicle charging, it’s a portable energy storage device for personal energy management.

The GoHub comes in two basic forms: a single-sided unit that can hold 5 Go power banks, or a double-sided GoHub that can hold 10. Both fit into standard parking spaces.

The Go can also be charged at home or elsewhere using a standard household plug and offers a charging range of up to 20 miles.

Go can be rented 24 hours a day through GoHub, with the option to pre-book Go in the app.

The correct GoHub will automatically open as the user approaches. You can then remove the charger from its docking station, roll it over to the vehicle and plug it in.

Finally, the user is notified on their smartphone that they pick up the Go and bring it back to the bay assigned to them via the app.

More charging news;

Number of Mansfield electric vehicle charging points rises over last two years.

Mansfield had 28 public charging stations as of January 1, up from 17 two years earlier, while Ashfield had 23, up from 18 in 2020, Department for Transport figures show.

As of January 1, Mansfield residents also had 263 charging points installed at their homes under the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme – an increase of 168 per cent over the past two years, according to the Department for Transport. In Ashfield, it rose 159% to 371.

The scheme gives applicants a 75 per cent grant towards the cost of installing the charging point up to £350.

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