As part of its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the UK Government has announced it will bring forward the date when sales of petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned, from 2040 to 2030. A full decade earlier than initially planned, the sales stop of non-electrified vehicles will be aided by £1.3bn of funding to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure. This will target rapid charge points on major routes and motorways, as well as see more on-street charge points installed near individual homes and workplaces, in order to “make charging as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car”.
Leading European smart EV charging solutions provider NewMotion, a Shell-group company, is one of the companies making the transition to e-mobility a reality by providing a full ecosystem of charging solutions for the home, workplaces, and on-the-go.
A recent partnership with Fleet Operations will see the fleet management specialist benefit from improved access to EV charging infrastructure, in addition to NewMotion’s cloud-connected tools that provide real-time information on charge point availability and charging speeds. Fleet Operations will also install seven charge points at its headquarters to support the charging needs of its employees. As part of NewMotion’s Charging for Business solutions packages, Business Hub allows fleets to analyse, control and monitor all charging infrastructure at their offices, as well as view real-time data and insights on fleet charging costs.
An additional tie-up with leading vehicle rental company Europcar Mobility Group will provide a full ecosystem of charging solutions, including a charge card for customers granting them access to Europe’s largest public roaming network – of over 175,000 charge points – for on-the-go charging.
The coming 2030 transition to all-electric mobility requires a vastly expanded charging infrastructure, as it’s estimated that by 2030 over 500,000 public charge points are needed in the UK. To make charging on the go more accessible, NewMotion has also partnered with on-street charge point operator Char.gy, adding more than 450 rapid charging connections to its UK roaming network. NewMotion’s UK presence has been further bolstered by partnerships with Aldi, Alphabet and Mazda, where drivers of the new MX-30 EV will be offered a NewMotion home charge point. Access to NewMotion’s 3,000-strong UK public network of chargers – which includes over 1,000 rapid points – will also be offered.