Editor: With the government’s announcement that it is to spend £91.7m on decarbonisation projects, Cluttons recognises the importance of ensuring the roll-out of infrastructure to support new green automotive technologies.

Electric charging point

Electric charging point

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In April 2021, there were 245,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 270,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on the road. This number is only set to grow, with 200,000 additional registrations of pure EVs estimated by the end of 2021. By 2030, it is hoped that nearly five million EVs will be on the UK’s roads.

But the challenges local authorities face have cast doubt over whether this statistic will become reality and, despite the announcement being good news for EV manufacturing, just as important are locational and connectivity strategies.

With the lack of EV charging infrastructure being the main concern, the roll-out of a national EV charging network is essential. To do this, we seek to support local authorities by reviewing their property portfolios and the appropriateness of locations for charging points.

Almost as important is the ability to source and book a charging point online in real time wherever the user is in the country. That requires infrastructure that provides the best connectivity.

Cluttons’ unique knowledge in this field means we can create and implement strategies using market-leading charge point infrastructure providers and management software that will ensure the best experience for EV users.

But in terms of locational strategy, there is little difference to the roll-out of mobile infrastructure that we, as an organisation, have led on over the past 30 years for the largest telecoms and fibre providers.

For this, our message is clear: local authorities and landlords must act now to make the most of potential EV customers and get on the road to a more sustainable transport future.

John Gravett, partner and head of real estate management, Cluttons