The government has recently announced it commitment to investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020 through the ambitious Road to Zero Strategy.
Franklin Energy, one of the UK’s fastest growing electric vehicle charging technology companies, has welcomed the measures outlined under the initiative including a push for charge points to be installed in newly built homes whilst all new lampposts are to include charging points.
Robert Byrne of Franklin Energy explained:
“We see the Road to Zero strategy as a major push from central government in ‘future proofing’ new housing across the UK. We have existing relationships with housing developers, vehicle manufacturers and smart home charging point providers and are keen to explore opportunities under these new measures.
We are also looking to add a lamppost charging point to our product portfolio in the near future enabling residential on and off street charging to be provided and meet the demands of future EV drivers.”
Additional subsides for electric vehicle users are welcomed with a £500 grant for electric vehicle owners to install a charge point in the workplace.
Rob added: “The introduction of an install grant is great news for the industry and makes the switch to electric vehicles even more economical for businesses looking to install workplace charging points to power staff vehicles. Every pure electric vehicle comes with a government subsidy of £5k – £7.5k depending on whether it’s a car or van, the funding helps reduce up-front costs for drivers and has been a huge incentive for early adopters of EVs.”
He concluded: “These measures are incredibly important to help government meet stringent targets around carbon emissions and increase number of EVs on the road. Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure is the biggest piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is currently missing and Franklin Energy was launched to support and facilitate the transition by deploying a national network of charging infrastructure.”