All new homes, offices and street lighting will be equipped with charging stations for electric cars, according to new government plans to combat pollution and climate change.
Transport Minister Chris Grayling today announced proposals under the "Road to Zero" strategy to reduce car emissions in the UK.
Grayling said, "The coming decades will change for our automotive industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. We expect the transport sector to change more in the next ten years than in the past century. "
According to The Daily Telegraph, the chief of transport believes that the absence of EV charging stations is the main obstacle to an "electric car revolution." There are currently around 13,000 public charging stations in the UK.
To encourage more companies to install EV hubs, Grayling plans to launch an investment fund for fee-based investment of up to £ 440 million, the newspaper said.
He also confirmed that plans to stop selling gasoline and diesel vehicles from 2040 will remain unchanged – news that will disappoint activists who demanded the ban on combustion of internal combustion engines by 2030.
Prior to presenting the new strategy, Grayling said the measures would mean that Britain has "one of the most comprehensive emission-free vehicle packages in the world".
"The price is not just a cleaner and healthier environment, but a UK economy that is fit for the future, and the chance to win a sizable share of a market valued at £ 7.6 trillion by 2050," he said.
Will the plans silence the critics?
Possibly, but the measures must take effect quickly. The government has come under fire from environmental activists because they have not responded in time to rising CO2 emissions.
Including countries and cities Germany and Paris plan to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030, a decade before the British ban on the sale of internal combustion engines comes into force.
Greenpeace UK Clean Air Fighter Paul Morozzo told The Independent that "ministers keep saying they want Britain to be a leader in electric cars, but they've put an exit date for gasoline and diesel that's a decade behind other countries."
"The ministers need to go up a gear, or this road to zero will look like a road to nowhere," he added.
Meanwhile, chairman of the AA Automobile Association, Edmund King, said the measures are "a step in the right direction" but that "the electric revolution needs more than one point in every home".
King calls for supermarkets and gas stations to install charging stations to "convince drivers that they are not lying on the side of the road".