Oil Companies Should Install Electric Chargers Says Think-Tank

Thu 4th Feb 2021

With the world’s major oil companies scrambling for one last foot-hold in the automotive sector before petrol and diesel cars are banned in 2030, one think-tank has suggested that the likes of Shell and BP should be forced to install electric chargers.

Quite what petrol stations will look like in ten years time remains to be seen, but asking the oil companies to actually speed up their own demise is perhaps one of the cheekier suggestions in a report from Bright Blue.

Most rapid chargers on forecourts can only be found at motorway services according to Bright Blue’s research, with Shell only giving access to 100 rapid chargers at their network of 1,000 petrol stations.

The report also suggests that local authorities should be forced to install on-street BEV chargers within three months of a request from residents.

“In 2020, 6.6% of new UK vehicle sales were BEVs. Those figures are going to need to increase dramatically within nine years, if we’re going to meet the petrol and diesel phase-out by 2030,” said Patrick Hall, senior researcher at Bright Blue.

If the government enforced the changes suggested in the report, the UK would be much closer to meeting the targets required for rollout in 2030, and the £950m Rapid Charging Fund would be better spent according to Hall. 

“You would end up getting chargepoints in places where they are needed and going to be utilised – it’s a targeted chargepoint rollout,” he continued.

In response to the report, a Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “This Government is going further and faster than ever before to decarbonise transport and to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.

“One in ten cars sold in the UK in 2020 had a plug, and with record numbers of zero and low emission vehicles on the roads, our £2.8bn strategy is powering the electric transition to incentivise drivers and create a cleaner, greener transport system for all.”