Britain is investing more than £1.2bn in electric vehicles. If done right, this could create a market the Government estimates at £50bn by 2035.
Presently on its second reading at the Commons, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will be a huge part of the coming changes. What are its crucial contents?
1: Law for charging points
The Independent notes the Government is boosting its push to promote electric and driverless cars with a draft law requiring petrol stations across the country to install more charging points.
This is big news. Almost always, legal measures are required to create both the markets, the takeup and the infrastructure for low carbon technologies.
These laws are now on the way. It's a concrete confirmation that Britain is going down the path of electric vehicles.
And, one of the biggest challenges has been noted as lack of charging infrastructure; that could very fast be about to change.
2: Insurance is mandatory
The bill also paves the way for drivers of automated cars to be insured on UK roads. The Government says that automated vehicles have the potential to greatly reduce road traffic accidents.
In 2016, 85.9% of collisions causing injury involved human error. If these statistics can be reduced by the use of automation, then that will be a fantastic additional benefit to the environmental improvements on the way.
3: You can still have your say
A committee of MPs has invited written submissions from stakeholders on the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill currently making its way through the UK parliamentary process.
The Public Bill Committee said that the submissions it receives could shape amendments that it could propose be made to the Bill. The Committee is due to consider the Bill between 31 October and 16 November.
It encouraged businesses to file their submissions as soon as possible before the end of the Committee stage, which it said could precede the predicted date of 16 November.
4: EVs are going to become smart
According to the Government, the new legislation will mean that drivers of electric vehicles will be able to easily locate and charge at any chargepoint, using information from sat navs or mobile apps, regardless of the vehicle make or model.
To help with this, all chargepoints will have to be ‘smart’, meaning they can interact with the grid in order to manage demand for electricity across the country, DfT has said.
5: What does the Government itself have to say about the Bill?
Announcing the legislation, Transport Minister John Hayes said: “We want the UK to be the best place in the world to do business and a leading hub for modern transport technology, which is why we are introducing the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in Parliament and investing more than £1.2 billion in the industry.”
“Automated and electric vehicles will help improve air quality, cut congestion, boost safety and create thousands of skilled jobs in the UK,” Roads Minister Jesse Norman said.
“Demand continues to grow as more people purchase electric vehicles to cut fuel costs and boost the environment.”
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