Labour targets “mammoth” expansion of UK’s EV charging networks

Labour has pledged to invest £3.6bn into the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging networks in a bid to “jumpstart the transition to electric cars and tackle the climate emergency”.

Outlining its vision on 23 September, Labour said this would see a rapid roll out of charging stations and provide enough charge points for 21.5mn electric cars by 2030 – double the amount the Conservatives are targeting within the same timeline. Labour added that these networks would be made up of “en-route” Ultra-Fast charge stations along motorways, as well as a combination of “about town” Rapid and Ultra-Fast charge stations in more urban environments.

Shadow Secretary for BEIS, Rebecca Long-Bailey, accused the Conservatives of “inaction” when it comes to electric charging infrastructure, stating it had held back the transition to cleaner vehicles. Long-Bailey added: “We will roll out electric vehicle charging infrastructure to every city, town and village, and along our motorways. Under Labour, nobody buying an electric car needs to worry about running out of fuel.”