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INSTAVOLT has welcomed new fuel rules to make electric vehicle charging simpler and more accessible for all that should boost electric vehicle take-up.

The firm, which is working to install more than 3,000 rapid chargers across the UK by 2020, says a better charging infrastructure is key to boosting electric vehicle (EV) adoption.

Under the new Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill motorway services and large fuel retailers could be made to provide electric charge points and hydrogen refuelling stations.

The measures could also make sure that data about the location and availability of charging stations is openly available, and make it easier to use the different networks available. They follow a public consultation on measures to improve charging infrastructure.

Tim Payne, CEO of InstaVolt, said: “We’re pleased to see the Government is making it easier for EV drivers to see clear information on charging points. We hear time and time again that worries around charging are one of the key factors that stop people buying an electric vehicle so anything that makes the process easier is welcome news.”

Basingstoke-based InstaVolt has already taken its own steps to make EV charging simpler and more accessible, and in December 2016 its expansion plans were given a £12m equity investment by Zouk Capital.

Unlike many other providers, InstaVolt’s ‘open charger’ model allows anyone to use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis. The 50kW rapid charging units can provide an 80% charge in just 30 minutes and no subscription or membership is needed.

Tim added: “What is also encouraging to hear in the new Bill is the Government taking a firm approach to encouraging landowners to house charging points.

“Motorway services and large fuel retailers should very rightly be at the forefront of charging unit installation and we hope that this new, firmer approach will see more place chargers on their forecourts.”

John Hayes, Minister of State for Transport said: “If we are to accelerate the use of electric vehicles we must take action now and be ready to take more action later.

“I recognise that to encourage more drivers to go electric, the infrastructure needs to become even more widespread than the 11,000 charging points already in place and more straightforward.

“We are determined to do all we can to make electric vehicles work for everyone and these new laws will help make this a reality.”

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