While many companies are beginning to roll out more EV chargers, over in the UK there are plans that could potentially force petrol stations to install EV chargers. Given how ubiquitous petrol stations are, at least compared to EV chargers, it means that EV car owners should have no problems finding a place to recharge their cars.
This is part of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill that was announced during the Queen’s Speech earlier this year, but had its first reading by Transport Minister John Hayes. The bill will also require that all UK motorway services and large petrol retailers will need to be on board, and that the government will be given powers to “make it compulsory for chargepoints to be installed across the country.”
According to Hayes, “We want the UK to be the best place in the world to do business and a leading hub for modern transport technology, which is why we are introducing the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in Parliament and investing more than £1.2 billion in the industry. This bill will aid the construction of greater infrastructure to support the growing demand for automated and electric vehicles as we embrace this technology and move into the future.”