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England wants 2,500 fast-charging stations by 2030

In order to support its target for electric cars in 2035, the British transport department has presented a plan for the development of ultra-fast charging stations.

Little ahead in the subject of electric cars, the United Kingdom took the bull by the horns. At the start of the year, the country advanced 2035 to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars, or even 2032. A very ambitious goal, but one that needed to be supported by adequate infrastructure.

6,000 quick terminals in 2035

On May 14, 2020, the government of Boris Johnson specified the measures, especially in fast charging stations. As part of the budget of 500 million pounds voted in March, they will initially develop on English motorways.

The objective is that each area has at least 6 ultra-fast terminals in 2023, or even 10 to 12 for the largest. The power of these charging points would be 150 to 350 kW. At this point, it is unclear which company would provide the solution. However, Gridserve appears to be on track to lead, promising 100 fast-charging stations by 2025. BP Chargemaster also announced that it will install 400 charging stations by 2021.

In 2030, the country wants to deploy “2,500 terminals on all motorways and national roads”. To compare with the 809 terminals listed on January 1, 2020. Finally, in 2035, this number would increase to 6,000, the date when the electric would become the norm on the market.

Payment by card, assistance, and bug-free

“Drivers can pay with their debit or credit card” specifies the plan, “And the sites will have to support all types of electric cars”. In short, Combo and Type 2 will have to mix with CHAdeMO, unless the latter disappears in favor of the first two standardized. Clear fact: Tesla Superchargers do not fall within the rules, because proprietary system. Finally, these terminals will display “Clearly the pence pricing per kWh”, “Will be available 99% of the time”, and “Will have 24/7 assistance”.

Should France be inspired by this model? In parallel with the next recovery plan, the French government would be well advised to support such infrastructure. The latter is in its infancy, boiling down to the few emerging networks, random prices or numerous technical problems.

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