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Rexel welcomes road to zero

Electrical wholesaler Rexel has welcomed the government’s Road to Zero strategy which will see greater numbers of electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed in new homes, office blocks and roadsides – but has warned this is only part of the wider picture.

Wayne Bridgehouse, Head of Corporate Sales for Facilities & Energy Management Solutions at Rexel, comments: “We’re pleased that the Government has published its strategy to create a better EV charging infrastructure in the UK. Undoubtedly there is an appetite among the consumers to make the move to electric vehicles, but currently it is not always practical for people in their daily lives.

The strategy, which includes a £400m Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, aims to ban all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.

As part of the new strategy ministers are also looking at extending facilities to commercial buildings, such as offices, and the grant level available through the Workplace Charging Scheme will rise to 75% of the purchase and costs of a chargepoint.

Wayne adds: “It’s vital that commercial buildings are also part of these new plans, but again it would be great to see this accompanied by an energy generation consideration.”