Speech released by Transport Minister Grant Shapps will be an embarrassment to the Prime Minister as he hosts the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this week
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London and the South East have more public car charging points than the rest of England and Wales combined.
And that makes a mockery of Boris Johnson’s claims that he is leveling the country when it comes to achieving net zero CO2 emissions.
The figures released by Transport Minister Grant Shapps will be an embarrassment to the Prime Minister as he hosts the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this week.
They show that the Northeast has the fewest places to charge electric cars with only 887.
It compares with London’s 7,489 and the Southeast’s 3,254
adds up to 10,743 for the nation’s richest regions – seven more than the rest of England and Wales combined.
Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband said: “The switch to electric cars is crucial to achieving our climate goals, but ministers are failing to take the necessary steps to increase the number of charging stations outside London.
“Labor would expand aid to buy an electric car for those with lower and middle incomes and speed up the roll-out of charging points in areas that have been left out.”
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All new cars are to be electric by 2030, but the Prime Minister is only giving subsidies of up to £ 2,500 to buy them. It is comparable to £ 7,600 in Germany and £ 5,000 in France.
More than 650,000 plug-in vehicles have been sold in the UK in the last decade.
The Department of Transport said £ 620 million will be spent on the transition, including the roll-out of several charging points.
A spokesman added: “We want to make charging an electric vehicle as easy and accessible as refueling a petrol or diesel car.”
But Chancellor Rishi Sunak has not yet said how he will replace the £ 30 billion tax lost each year from diesel and petrol.
And he froze the fuel tax in last week’s budget without introducing alternative green revenue-raising measures such as paying to travel on Britain’s road network.
Net-zero expert Tim Lord of the Tony Blair Institute said: “The government has its head in the sand about the transition to electric vehicles and the threat of tax revenue.”
And Howard Cox of Fair Fuel UK said: “There should be a moratorium on the unpopular 2030 ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars until more cleaner fuel technologies emerge.”
The UK has achieved the fastest decline in G7 CO2 emissions since 1990.
But to reach its target of a 78% reduction by 2035, a 71% cut in petrol and diesel transport is needed.
And experts say that means charging points need to be more evenly distributed than they are now.
Car Charging points
- Northeast 887
- Northwest 1,620
- Yorkshire and the Humber 1,156
- East Midlands 1,280
- West Midlands 1,591
- Eastern England 1,569
- London 7,489
- Southeast 3,254
- Southwest 1,717
- Wales 916