Reading-based electric vehicle infrastructure specialist Connected Kerb has announced one of the most ambitious rollouts of EV charging the UK has ever seen with a budget of £1.9 billion.
Connected Kerb will see 190,000 public on-street EV chargers installed by 2030.
The unprecedented investment, says the firm, will revolutionise access to EV charging for the tens of millions of drivers without off-street parking and support mass-market charging for workplaces and fleets.
The West Sussex tender is believed to be the UK’s largest ever deployment by a local authority.
Deals for a further 30,000 chargers are expected conclude next year, as part of the company’s ambition to ‘level up’ charging across the UK.
Dr Chris Pateman-Jones, chief executive officer of Connected Kerb, said: “Knowing you can arrive at virtually any location, at any time, in any vehicle and cheaply charge your battery without inconvenience or faff is the reality we have to deliver to create an EV society.
“Our rollout of public chargers – one of the most ambitious the UK has ever seen – encapsulates that future, helping individuals and businesses to confidently make the switch to electric, reducing their carbon footprint and cutting air pollution.
“Targets are important – for an industry so critical to the decarbonisation of transport, we need goals to work towards and objectives to which we are all accountable.
“However, they need to be met with action. With deals confirmed for 10,000 chargers this year alone and 30,000 more expected next year, we are demonstrating that we’re getting on with the job and delivering the change that needs to happen – not just talking about it.”
EV ownership in the UK is skyrocketing. Pure EV sales are already up by 88 percent year-to-date compared to 2020 and one in four UK households intend to buy an EV in the next five years, as the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles approaches.
However, there are currently only around 1,000 public-access on-street chargers outside of London and just one for every 52 EVs on UK roads.
As a result, those without off-street parking or a dedicated parking space with domestic power supply – accounting for 62 percent of drivers – are being left behind in the EV transition, making up as few as 9% of EV drivers today.
Lord Gerry Grimstone, minister for investment at Department for International Trade and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “Connected Kerb’s significant investment in electric vehicle chargers will support the UK’s commitment to green growth and ambitious net zero targets.
“Investments like this will be vital to help reduce emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures whilst driving jobs, growth and levelling up across the country.”