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Lack of charging infrastructure is an EV roadblock, says LeasePlan

LeasePlan has said a lack of sufficient charging infrastructure globally is a major roadblock for the mass adoption of electric vehicles.

The global leasing company is calling on governments around the world to “get their act together” as part of World EV Day on September 9.

The event is a worldwide campaign aimed at accelerating the transition to zero emission electric vehicles around the world.

Tex Gunning, LeasePlan chief executive, said: “LeasePlan and our customers want to move faster towards EVs, but the lack of sufficient charging infrastructure globally is a major road block.

“Governments around the world must step up now and deliver on demand for zero-emission mobility by investing in a comprehensive public charging infrastructure, and incentivizing private charging stations in homes and offices.

“This is no time to sugar-coat it: this lack of action is holding us back.

“Only if governments get their act together on charging infrastructure will we be able to meet our climate commitments, clean up our dirty air and build back better.

“We all need to speak up so now that the new normal can be a green normal.”

LeasePlan has committed itself to achieving net zero emissions from its total fleet by 2030. 

LeasePlan is also a founding partner of The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, launched around the UN General Assembly in September 2017 to promote EV uptake among the world’s largest companies.

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