ACS: Fuel Retailers Need More Support to Transition to Electric Vehicles

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation from the Department for Transport which sought views on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans from 2040 to 2035.

In its submission, ACS called on the Government to do more to provide fuel retailers with support to introduce EV charging points and connections to the National Grid.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “A 2035 ban on the sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vehicles is an ambitious target that will require close partnerships between the Government and fuel retailers to establish electric vehicle infrastructure across the UK road network. Fuel retailers are understandably reluctant to commit to large investments when motorists’ future behaviour is still very hard to forecast and with vehicle and charging technology still developing so quickly.”

The submission also urged the government not to use regulation to mandate the provision of EV charge point on large petrol forecourts.

Mr Lowman continued: “Using an arbitrary definition of a large forecourt or motorway services area is not the right way to plan EV infrastructure, we need to put chargers in the right locations for consumers.”

The full submission is available here.


This entry was posted by Chloe on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 16:30