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Will the New Government Support the EV Market & Charging Infrastructure?

On Thursday 4th of July 2024, the UK public will vote on who they want to lead their country. We outline some key issues that we hope will be at the forefront of our future leadership’s minds.
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Regardless of who is in Number 10 come Friday 5th July 2024, the need to decarbonise the world’s economy by reaching net zero will remain high on the agenda.  

The transition to electric vehicles (EV) is central to the UK achieving its net zero goals, and there is a multitude of different ways in which an incoming government can help advance and accelerate this.   

Mer is keen that the next government focuses on several areas, echoing many of those set out by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) in its own manifesto 

As an EV charging company, Mer would like the new government to introduce measures to:  

Achieve the phasing out of ICE vehicles by 2030 

The original date to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars was pushed back by the incumbent Conservative government to make EVs accessible to more families. Labour and the Liberal Democrats would restore the 2030 goal, with the Green party calling for it to be brought forward to the end of 2027.  

Invest in the electricity grid

Invest in updating the electricity grid and significantly reduce the time it takes for grid connections. This has been discussed over the course of the 2019-2024 parliament and was the subject of the 2023 Winser report on energy networks offers plan for necessary transformation. We hope that the work in this area continues as it is crucial for the transition of our economy.  

Increase support for EV charging infrastructure

Provide more help for local authorities and businesses to roll out electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help make electric mobility easy and accessible to everyone. Only the Liberal Democrats have singled this out with a commitment to the rolling out of new EV charging points and a step-change in local grid capacity.  

Improve and develop on renewable energy sector

Further develop levels of renewable energy generated in the UK through investment in infrastructure as well as skills and training. The different parties have costed varying amounts of investment in initiatives such as £1.1bn in the Green Business Growth Allowance, (Conservatives), £8.3bn in Great British Energy (Labour) and $40bn in the Green Economic Transformation with a £12.4bn investment in skills and training, (Lib Dem).  

Reduce public EV charging VAT

Reduce VAT on public charging points to 5% in line with home charging, instead of the current 20% charged at present.  

Whatever the outcome of the election, Mer will continue promoting and accelerating the transition to EVs through our extensive experience within renewable energy and electric mobility. Backed by our parent company, Statkraft, we combine the best of both worlds to power the European shift towards a purer way of transportation.  

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