UK Bill Would Make Chargers Mandatory At Gas Stations

4 weeks ago by Mark Kane 16

UK: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will mean more electric car chargepoints and enable insurance for driverless cars

UK’s Department for Transport has announced a plan to require the installation of charging points for electric vehicle at motorway service stations, and at larger gas stations.

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There is already some 11,500 charging points in the UK today (mostly AC), but several thousand more located at gas stations would be significant expansion.

“Motorway services and large petrol retailers will be required to install chargepoints for electric cars, under plans announced in the House of Commons today (18 October 2017) by Transport Minister John Hayes.”

A second part of the new bill (the first reading took place in the House of Commons on October 18) centers around the insurance of autonomous cars.

All automated vehicles will be required to be insured, and victims of collisions involving an automated vehicle will have quick and easy access to compensation, in line with existing insurance practices.

Under the proposed bill, the insurer would be liable for the consequences of accidents caused by autonomous vehicle. In cases when the insurance isn’t paid, the consequences then fall on the owner of the vehicle.

On the other hand, the owners themselves will be responsible for critical updates of all operating software, and all the self-modifications they do to the system.

“Automated vehicles have the potential to greatly reduce road traffic accidents – in 2016 85.9% of collisions causing injury involved human error, while official research estimates that the market will be worth £50 billion to the UK economy by 2035.”

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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.

This bill will aid the construction of greater infrastructure to support the growing demand for automated and electric vehicles as we embrace this technology and move into the future.”

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:

“Automated and electric vehicles will help improve air quality, cut congestion, boost safety and create thousands of skilled jobs in the UK. We have already supported the purchase of 115,000 ultra-low emission cars and there are already more than 11,500 publicly available chargepoints, but the demand continues to grow as more people purchase electric vehicles to cut fuel costs and boost the environment.”

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16 responses to "UK Bill Would Make Chargers Mandatory At Gas Stations"

  1. David Murray says:

    If these are L2 stations, it’s a nice gesture, but relatively pointless. If these are DC Fast charge stations, that’s great for drivers. But it kind of sucks if you are a small gas station and can’t afford such an expense.

    1. T says:

      “Motorway services and large petrol retailers”

    2. Martin Winlow says:

      I agree 100% David. I am a bit flabbergasted that those of us who already drive EVs in the UK (in my case for 8 years – and I run an EV-related business, too) have not been asked for our input on this bill – but par for the course, sadly. HMG know who we are – they could have simply written to every registered EV owner… So, I’m bracing myself for a bill full of loopholes and half-baked notions about EV use – all aimed at making ministers golfing buddies even richer (he said, cynically).

    3. Fearnsy says:

      Shell have installed three L3 chargers, 2 on the outskirts of London and 1 outside the centre of Derby. Independent Gas Stations no longer exist here in the UK.

  2. SCOTT says:

    Gross. Who wants to sit at a gas station and breathe gasoline vapor while charging?

    1. Ricardo says:

      Motorway service stations are well equipped with restaurants, resting zones and such. They are the perfect place in Europe to have fast chargers. They are not your local gas pump.

    2. Sladjo says:

      That’s a good one, Scott! 🙂

    3. Martin Winlow says:

      I would do so gladly if it meant that every one of the larger (which needs defining – more than 6 pumps?) existing fuel stations had a rapid charger.

  3. scott franco says:

    Our EV charger? Sure, there is a 220v outlet behind the station.

    (all outlets are 220v in uk)

  4. drpawansharma says:

    Malls, schools, hospitals, museums, fairs, paid parking sites, government owned buildings, Multiunit city dwellings etc all must have mandated EV chargers.

    1. kubel says:

      So what you’re saying is violence should be used against anyone who does not install a charging station (all laws are backed by, ultimately, death). That’s immoral and stupid.

  5. Martin Winlow says:

    I am gobsmacked that IEVs knows about this sooner than I (or any other EV owner in the UK I know). It does *not* bode well for the content of the bill!

    1. Fearnsy says:

      This first surfaced in summer and it has received coverage by mainstream media.

  6. Trevor says:

    Just give me 24hr access to one rapid DC charger midway on the London to Norwich M11, A14, A11 route. (106 miles)

  7. Another Euro point of view says:

    Well as a ICE driver I believe this is exactly the right decision and I could easily imagine that asking actual EV owner their opinion is not at all a good idea.

    That because persons who needs to be convinced are the 98% ICE drivers who often have a very different opinion that EV drivers.

    Take me for example, as long as fast EV chargers will not literally throw themselves in my face (like presently gas stations does) no way I will buy an EV. I don’t want to go out of my way to look for a charger. Now I don’t at all care of gas fumes, an suspect most ICE drives do not bother either (actually both me an my children love gas smell when I move along some gas powered garden tool in my trunk). I believe ICE drivers need to be seduced by EVs and they are a very different bunch than EV drivers, to start with many could not be really bothered by climate change issues. They need to be convinced because EVs are cheaper more practical and fun to drive, meanwhile sadly my next car will carry on being an ICE although I wish to be “seduced”. This EV generation is just not up to specs, probably next generation will.

  8. SJC says:

    This could be considered over reach in the U.S.

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