New bill edges Britain closer to the EV tipping point and introduces framework for autonomous car insurance

The Government has introduced a bill to make electric vehicle (EV) charging points mandatory at all large petrol stations and motorway services. 

Introduced by transport minister John Hayes, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will lead to multiple charge points being installed at each of the UK’s motorway service stations, as well as at many of the 8500 other filling stations up and down the country. 

Currently, there are more than 11,500 public EV charging points in the UK. This move will nearly double the country’s charging infrastructure, which has been a major barrier to the uptake of EVs. 

The bill also addresses the major concern surrounding insurance for autonomous cars. It states that the insurer is liable for any damage caused if the car is insured and driving itself. If not insured, and the accident is caused by the car when driving itself, the owner is liable for the damage. Owners will also be liable for accidents if they have modified the software of their car or failed to install important updates.

The bill outlines a £1.2 billion investment in the EV and autonomous vehicle industry, including charge points for cars parked on the street, suggesting that the streetlamp-based chargers pitched in recent years are likely to get the go-ahead. 

Hayes said: “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 move into the future.”

James Dalton, director of general insurance policy at the Association of British Insurers, said: “Insurers wholeheartedly support the development of automated vehicles because they have the potential to significantly reduce the large number of road accidents caused by driver error.

"We support the approach the Government has taken in the bill because this will give the industry time to prepare for the commercial rollout of fully automated driving technology.”

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19 October 2017

In the Netherlands there are 27,000 public charging points & over 72,000 private ones - and growing 

I was tempted by an i3 but the infrastructure in my area less than 30kms from London is sparse. Encouraging steps are being taken but we seem to be lagging behind . 

19 October 2017
We already have a network of chargers at many motorway services but they are rarely used due to cost...that is what needs sorting out!!

19 October 2017

As your batteries do. They aren't going to follow your bladder or stomach clock.

19 October 2017
Somebody is awake! The government is beginning to consider electric cars viable. Phew!

19 October 2017
Every house builder should also be made to prep each unit they build for fitting them too. Government budgets should also be provided for Councils to fit them to a percentage of their public parking spaces.
Rip out all old parking meters and fit dual use charger/meter points, combine parking charges with the electricity costs for the charge they provide to the vehicle.

19 October 2017

Power. Stations.

19 October 2017
Cobnapint wrote:

Power. Stations.

We haven't but it appears the UK government has. Now it has to go cap in hand to the chinks to fund them.

19 October 2017

There's no reason for the government to get involved. They didn't have to force anyone to build petrol stations. If there is demand, they will get built. This pseudo conservative government doesn't really understand capitalism

19 October 2017
Great Briton wrote:

There's no reason for the government to get involved. They didn't have to force anyone to build petrol stations. If there is demand, they will get built. This pseudo conservative government doesn't really understand capitalism

Sometimes we need a gentle push for the greater good.

20 October 2017
No we don't.

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