UK Govt urged to create new electric car charge regulatory body

UK Govt urged to create new electric car charge regulatory body

by Pranali Mehta

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reportedly called upon the UK government to create a new, independent watchdog called Ofcharge, short for Office of Charging, to regulate the charging prices for electric cars and ensure that there are widespread charging points in the country.

As per figures from the motor trade association, out of six new vehicles registered in the UK last year, EVs accounted for more than one.

The trade group stated that the EV sector is growing faster than the rollout pace of charging points, especially in the northern part of England.

UK automotive industry has therefore urged the government to create a new regulatory body that will monitor the market, including EV charging price levels as well as affordability, and enforce regulated minimum standards.

In a statement, SMMT said that with the creation of this new agency, consumers will be at the center of infrastructure planning and rollout and make sure that every region in the country is prepared for the ban of petrol and diesel car sales, which come into effect starting 2030 in the UK.

It added that a unified approach will bring energy companies, local authorities, charge-point operators, and drivers together.

Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT, said that for the automotive industry to achieve a smooth transition, it needs more than just investment, adding that by putting consumers at the center, they will be assured of being backed by an independent regulatory body.

Hawes also said that by providing clear, equivalent targets and support to local authorities and operators, that also match consumer needs, the Government will be able to make sure that electric mobility will be a reality across the UK with a reliable chargepoint network.

The call comes after recent research by British Gas revealed that out of 400 council-owned charging points, 21 councils in both England and Wales allowed free top-up to drivers while other areas charged them up to £4 ($5.44) per kWh.

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Pranali Mehta

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