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Boost for UK electric and driverless car industry

Motorway services and large petrol retailers in the UK will be required to install charge points for electric cars, under plans announced today by Transport Minister John Hayes.

The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will increase the access and availability of charge points for electric cars, while also giving the Government powers to make it compulsory for charge points to be installed across the country and enabling drivers of automated cars to be insured on UK roads.

Automated vehicles have the potential to greatly reduce road traffic accidents – in 2016 85.9 per cent of collisions causing injury involved human error, while official research estimates that the market will be worth £50 billion to the UK economy by 2035. Automated vehicles can regulate the speed at which they travel and do not make human errors.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: “We want the UK to be the best place in the world to do business as a leading hub for modern transport technology; that is why we are introducing the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in Parliament and investing more than £1.2 billion in the industry.

“This Bill will aid the construction of greater infrastructure to support the growing demand for automated and electric vehicles as we embrace this technology and shape the future.”

Drivers of electric vehicles will be able to easily locate and charge at any chargepoint, using information from sat navs or mobile apps, regardless of the vehicle make or model – making running an electric vehicle even easier. All charge points will have to be ‘smart’, meaning they can interact with the grid in order to manage demand for electricity across the country.