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UK Competition Regulator Urges Gov't to Boost Development of Electric Vehicle Chargepoints

© REUTERS / GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANEAn electric car is seen plugged in at a charging point for electric vehicles (File)
An electric car is seen plugged in at a charging point for electric vehicles (File) - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.07.2021
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday that it had prepared a package of recommendations for the government to develop the network of electric vehicle chargepoints to increase availability in underserved areas ahead of the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.
"Our recommendations will promote strong competition, encourage more investment, and build people’s trust, both now and in the future. The CMA has also opened a competition law investigation into EV [electric vehicles] charging along motorways and will continue to work with government and the industry to help ensure electric vehicle charging is a success", Andrea Coscelli, the CMA chief, said.
A worker is seen completing final checks on the production line at Nissan car plant in Sunderland, northern England, June 24, 2010.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.07.2021
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The CMA also opened an investigation into the market dominance of the Electric Highway, the company providing 80% of all chargepoints at highway service stations as well as its long-term arrangements to cover about two-thirds of motorway stations.
The development of the electric vehicles system is an important part of the UK plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in November that by 2030 the country will forbid the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.
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