Updated: Nov 24, 2020
Earlier this month, the Prime Minister announced the government’s Green Industrial Revolution, which aims to tackle the climate crisis. Part of this initiative included the news that new cars and vans which are wholly reliant on petrol and diesel power will be banned from 2030. Note that any vehicles relying on these fossil fuels which are produced prior to 2030 would still be allowed on the road. And given the lifespan of a vehicle, it could be a long time before petrol and diesel-powered motors completely disappear from British roads.
Nevertheless, these plans require businesses to prepare themselves over the next nine years. By this, we mean that companies need to begin adapting towards a future that relies on the use of electrically-powered vehicles. Boris Johnson also confirmed that £1.3 billion will be invested into the investment of electric charging points for these cars. Therefore, organisations should be thinking now about how they plan to service the electrical charging network that will substantially grow come the end of this decade.
For businesses that are presently producing electrical charging points, this news will be welcome, but only if they can recognise the opportunity that lies in front of them to begin expanding charging stations across the UK. This means larger workforces, faster turnarounds and providing additional charging slots to cater for the fact that far more vehicles would be electrically-powered come 2030. Therefore, the two or three charging docks per location right now would not be sufficient.
As for organisations who wish to get involved and benefit from this element of the Green Industrial Revolution, there is no better time than the present to begin their research and development work. By planning ahead and focusing on how they could join the market of electrical car charger productions at this early stage, those companies could be at the forefront of this movement as we edge ever closer to 2030. It would be short-sighted for potential competitors to wait until others have positioned themselves as the go-to producers, thus potentially missing out on a fantastic chance.
Currently, supermarket and shopping centres, office sites and public car parks offer these spaces, albeit in limited numbers. They should be mindful that, by increasing the places for charging docks over the next few years, they and their customers could adapt quicker and more smoothly to this greener future rather than waiting until 2030 before deciding to cater to a greater number of electrical car drivers.
Finally, companies should be thinking about what elements of the existing electrical car charging stations could be improved. Could charging be faster and more powerful? Should they be limited to open areas? Can portable electrical charging tools become more widespread? And could they link up with the vehicle manufacturers themselves for specific packages resulting in strong working relationships? All of these and other questions should be asked now to allow for these businesses to capitalise on what will be an industry-changing evolution.
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