ChargeUK publishes manifesto for chargepoint roll-out

Tue 28 May 2024 View all news

ChargeUK has published an 'election manifesto' which calls for 12 measures to be adopted by the next UK Government to accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure.

ChargeUK is a trade association of the UK's EV charging industry. It launched in April 2023.

The organisation’s asks are focussed on three main themes –

  • Getting even more chargers in the ground – by removing the grid, planning and permitting challenges which are slowing down installation, and include renewable electricity in the RTFO
  • Making charging and owning an EV as easy and affordable as possible – by equalising VAT, encouraging lower cost electricity, improving signage and supporting drivers to access EVs
  • Maximising private investment, by clarifying the Rapid Charging Fund, speeding up the use of the Local EV Infrastructure Fund, addressing significant increases in standing charges, and working with the industry to develop HGV charging provision.

ChargeUK represents 40 companies involved in installing, operating and supporting chargepoint infrastructure. Its members have publicly committed to invest over £6 billion by 2030 and "to deliver and operate a world-class charging infrastructure, creating jobs, supporting economic growth, and powering the UK’s switch to electric vehicles".

ChargeUK recently announced that it had appointed Vicky Read as the organisation’s first Chief Executive. She joined from Connected Kerb where she was Head of Policy and Public Affairs, having also been ChargeUK’s inaugural Vice-Chair between April 2023 and March 2024.

On the launch of the manifesto, Vicky Read said: “There are already 60,000 public charge points now available in the UK. This, combined with over half a million home and work-place chargers, means that today’s EV drivers can be sure the charging infrastructure will be there for them.

“One in three of those public chargers was installed in the last year, underlining the pace with which the rollout is taking place. But ChargeUK’s members want to go faster – we know that providing infrastructure ahead of demand is essential if we are to give the UK’s future EV drivers the confidence to switch. We also know that that our infrastructure has to be easy for drivers to use and that it must be affordable.

“Our manifesto details a comprehensive plan to support the UK’s transition to net zero, ensuring convenient, affordable, and accessible charging for all drivers.”

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