Government moves to break charging monopoly

The Government wants to open up use of EV chargepoints at motorway service stations and break the monopoly currently in place using legislation to ensure the points are reliable and can be used by any driver with a contactless card.

The move is aimed at encouraging more drivers to use EVs aby lessening their charging anxiety and allowing them to plan for longer journeys. The decision follows the Department of Transport’s invitation for feedback on EV chargepoints earlier this year.

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is sought views on ways to improve the consumer experience for electric vehicle drivers at public chargepoints.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “This is extremely welcome news as charging electric cars at motorway service areas needs to fast, reliable and easy to pay for so drivers can make longer journeys with the minimum of fuss. It should also go a long way towards showing would-be EV drivers that ‘range anxiety’ is a thing of the past, further speeding up the switch to electric.”

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