“Following the publication of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, Government is continuing with its support for low-emission vehicles,” says Ian Fletcher, Director of Real Estate Policy, British Property Federation. “A significant increase in the number of charging points will have implications for how developments are designed, as well as for the opportunities for freight and logistics.
“While installing charging points along the Strategic Road Network will encourage wider uptake of electric vehicles, often investment is needed on smaller, individual developments and we would like to see some of the new Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund allocated to these.”
He added: “The announcement of a new Clean Air Fund is welcome news, and local authorities should think innovatively about how they can improve air quality. Given the strategic powers of regional mayors, it would be helpful to see them encouraged to take a leading role in this and to work together across local authority borders. We also await more detail on how this fits with the priorities in the Clean Growth Strategy.
“Clarity on carbon pricing is welcome, given that the price differs across a number of policies depending on the payer. However, not raising the price may be a missed opportunity to incentivise energy efficiency and low carbon generation.”