An EU directive that will standardise rapid-charging EV points in favour of a design that is not common in the UK is set to be an early casualty of the Brexit vote.
Due to be written into UK law this October, the directive has attracted criticism from both the EV industry and UK government and is likely to be quietly shelved as unnecessary.
"This is a piece of bureaucracy that this industry, which is still in its infancy, doesn’t need," said David Martell, boss of Chargemaster, which makes and supplies EV chargers from its Luton-based and factory. "It doesn’t make any point and we want to see it dropped."
The new EU law, which is known as the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure directive, has been in discussion since at least 2014 and was intended to force member states to establish an EU-wide EV charging network, along with facilities for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) depots.
But with no funding to back it, the directive attracted little support from member states, Autocar has been told.