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Electric Vehicles: Motorcycles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 66169, tabled on 29 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure sufficient availability of electricity charging points for electric motorcycles.

Answered on

4 November 2021

The UK is a global front-runner in supporting provision of charging infrastructure along with private sector investment. Our vision is to have one of the best infrastructure networks in the world for electric vehicles, including electric motorcycles, and we want chargepoints to be accessible, affordable, and secure. Building on the £1.9 billion from Spending Review 2020, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles has secured an additional £620 million to support the transition to electric vehicles, supporting the large-scale deployment of chargepoints at pace and plug-in vehicle grants. We have also committed to consult on a date to end the sale of new non-zero emission motorcycles.

Government and industry have already supported the installation of more than 26,000 publicly available charging devices. This includes more than 4,900 rapid devices.

Government’s plans for EV infrastructure are set out in more detail in the 2035 Delivery Plan and, later this year, we will publish an EV Infrastructure Strategy.

Some electric motorcycles use a ‘Type 2’ connector to charge, which is required for A.C. chargepoints under the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017 (AFIR). There are some electric motorcycles coming to market which can rapid charge and some models, such as electric mopeds, have detachable batteries that can be brought inside and plugged in with a standard 3-pin plug for example, at home or work.

The Government has already committed to ending the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 and all new cars and vans must be 100% zero emission at the tailpipe by 2035. The growth of the large markets for these vehicles over the next 15 years will encourage investment in the charging infrastructure, meaning there will be knock on benefits for the zero emission L-category sector, such as electric motorcycles.

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