Tuesday, May 21, 2024

East Thurrock MP asks question on electric vehicle charging

THE MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question regarding electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Stephen Metcalfe: What assessment he has made of the accessibility of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Jesse Norman: As you will know, Mr Speaker, the Government take the issue of accessibility extremely seriously. With the assistance of wider research, we have identified specific accessibility barriers faced by drivers of electric vehicles in using public charge points. Those can include the height of charge points, charging cables that are very heavy, the connectors, and street design. To address those issues, the Government, with Motability, co-sponsored publicly available standard 1899 in October 2022, which provides, for the first time, specifications on designing and installing accessible public charge points.

Stephen Metcalfe: People who have off-street parking can easily meet the majority of their EVcharging needs at home, but people who do not are rightly concerned about access to charging. How will the Government address that issue to ensure that people in Basildon and Thurrock have equitable access?


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