Transport minister echoes InstaVolt’s charging sentiments.

InstaVolt joined transport minister John Hayes in London this week as he stressed the need for more electric vehicle charging points on the UK’s roads.

Speaking at Westminster, John Hayes described how getting more rapid charging units on the roads will help to encourage more people to drive electric vehicles. He also referenced the new Aviation and Technology Bill, which is raising the question of whether motorway service stations and other public areas should be forced to house charging units.

Tim Payne, CEO, of InstaVolt, said: “His words were music to our ears and we’re delighted that such an advocate of public charging is in the position of Minister of State for Transport. His thoughts very much mirror ours, in that to encourage people to drive electric cars we need to make sure they have easy access to charging units when they’re out and about.”

This week’s symposium, ‘The Future of Electric Vehicles in the UK’, also featured talks from Stewart Reid, head of asset management and innovation at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Francisco Carranza Sierra, managing director, Alliance Energy & Battery Services, Nissan.

The event was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG), a cross-party coalition of Parliamentarians and design sector organisations that works to develop new design policy ideas, critique existing government decision-making around design, communicate within Parliament the enormous potential value of design, and help the design community better engage with the policy process.

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