The £1.9 billion investment will provide access to EV charging for the tens of millions of UK drivers who do not have access to off-street parking.

EV ownership in the UK is surging. Pure EV sales are already up by 88% year-to-date compared to 2020 and one in four UK households intend to purchase an EV in the next five years, as the 2030 ban on new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles approaches. Meanwhile, there are currently only around 1,000 public-access on-street chargers outside of London and just one for every 52 EVs on UK roads. As a result, those without off-street parking or a dedicated parking space with domestic power supply – accounting for 62% of drivers – are being left behind in the EV transition, making up as few as 9% of EV drivers today.

Connected Kerb has already secured new partnerships for 10,000 public on-street EV chargers across the United Kingdom in 2021, the majority of which will be deployed across West Sussex and Kent. Deals for a further 30,000 chargers are expected conclude next year, as part of the company’s ambition to “level up” charging across the UK.

Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, said »

“Knowing you can arrive at virtually any location, at any time, in any vehicle and cheaply charge your battery without inconvenience or faff is the reality we have to deliver to create an EV society. Our rollout of public chargers – one of the most ambitious the UK has ever seen – encapsulates that future, helping individuals and businesses to confidently make the switch to electric, reducing their carbon footprint and cutting air pollution.

Street level charging programs that deliver affordable, reliable, and accessible chargers in their thousands, should provide residents across the UK with greater confidence to go electric in time for the 2030 ban.

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