As new plug-in vehicle electric sales continue to climb and the 2nd hard market for EVs begins to stabilise, alongside an increasing choice of plug-in vehicles with discounted and/or attractive leasing options and an expected price parity with ICE in the next few years, there is a pressing need to ensure that suitable charging infrastructure is provided to meet expected increasing demand. Key to this is ensuring that the right locations and technology are selected, that the supply of infrastructure is carefully managed (from a cost management perspective) and that scalability and flexibility can be accommodated to support the EV market. At TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2019, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Jason Smith described TfGMs approach to developing a regional charging infrastructure. His keynote provided us with invaluable insights and lessons learnt when moving from a first generation system to a modernised network, and demonstrated how the tenets of innovation and future-proofing are essential when planning and delivering a charging network.
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