When I drive an EV, it is all too apparent, particularly on longer journeys, that the location and frequency of charging hubs is simply not where it needs to be yet.
A quarter of the UK’s total carbon emissions come from transport. SSE remains committed to the targets we have set to meet this challenge. We are on a mission to build and operate 300 EV Ultra Rapid Hubs by 2027 and over 500 by 2030. We are building partnerships and investing in technology that will streamline the future delivery of EV infrastructure, but crucially we are already unveiling new hubs throughout the UK that are bringing convenient EV charging to drivers. We will have over 40 open by the summer of 2024 with many more planned.
So we’ve had to adapt our EV infrastructure development approach to continue to roll out our ultra-rapid hubs. One option has been to pursue sites that have ‘permitted development’ status. These are sites that don’t require additional planning permission for an EV hub, for example an out-of-town retail park.
As you can see, building a future transport system with EV at its heart will require some reform of our planning system to ensure that projects can be advanced with speed, and we will work positively with national and local governments to make this happen.