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Electric dreams are thwarted by shortage of car-charging points

ROBERT LEA, Graeme paton AND EMILY GOSDEN | The times | 6 JULY 2017

Charlie Henderson, roads expert at PA Consulting Group is quoted in The Times in an article which assesses whether the uptake of electric cars will be held up by a shortage of chargers.

The article states that Britain has been trying for years to place itself at the forefront of the electric vehicle market but that Ministers warn this is being hampered by a lack of public charging points beside the busiest roads. Critics suggest that Britain is a long way behind its European counterparts.

Charlie says that: “I think the challenge for any manufacturer to moving to all-electric will be around the charging infrastructure that exists, particularly in the UK.

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He concludes: “The challenge that this places on the government to extend the availability of charging points across the road network is immense. Just look at London. The mayor wants all taxis to be electric in the future but the lack of rapid charge points to facilitate this undermines it. It’s a hugely contentious issue.”

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