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Region poorly served by vehicle charging points


The West Midlands is badly served by the number of publicly-available electric vehicle charge-points, according to a new survey. The analysis, by HSBC Commercial Banking,


reveals that people in the West Midlands have low access to publicly-funded electric vehicle charging points compared to other parts of the UK. Despite rising demand for electric vehicles and


increasing awareness of the health issues caused by poor air quality, there are nearly 17,000 people in the UK for every publicly-available electric vehicle charge-point, according to HSBC.


‘Charge-points are a vital barometer for the health of the electric vehicle market’


While around 47,000 plug-in cars were registered


in 2017, only 173 new, publicly-funded charge-points became available that same year. It is widely thought that the number of electric vehicle charge-points registered in the UK will grow exponentially in the next five years – but HSBC warns this is unlikely unless private sector investment increases. Scott McClurg, head of energy and sustainability


for HSBC Corporate Banking, said: “Charge-points are a vital barometer for the health of the electric


vehicle market. Infrastructure is fundamental and so far the UK is falling short in many regions. “While the major forecourt owners plan how to


balance rising demand for charge-points with the ongoing need for petrol and diesel pumps, there is an opportunity for private investors to plug the charge-point gap across the UK.” The bank says just four regions of the UK have an


above-average number of public charge-points per person. The North East of England has the most well- developed electric vehicle charge-point infrastructure, with under 4,000 people (3,931) sharing every charge- point in the region. However, the majority of the country still suffers


from massive gaps in public charge-point infrastructure. In the West Midlands, around 27,500 people must share each public charge-point available. Mr McClurg added: “If the West Midlands is to shift


to electric vehicles in the long term, the overall volume of charge-points has to improve across the board. While there are clear opportunities to meet rising demand through the private sector, local authorities and central government are also looking closely at this space to ensure the right infrastructure is in place.” HSBC has installed over 40 electric vehicle charge-


points at its offices around the UK and plans to add more in 2018.


It’s snow joke: The Land Rover mountainside artwork


Land Rover leaves


imprint on history After 70 years of all-terrain adventures and global expeditions, Land Rover has once again taken the Defender to new heights. Stretching over 250 metres, the


spectacular Defender outline was imprinted on the side of a mountain in the French Alps by snow artist Simon Beck. The one-off snow art was


created to announce World Land Rover Day on 30 April, exactly 70 years since the original Land Rover was first shown to the world at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show. Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Prof Dr


Ralf Speth, said: “Land Rover is an iconic brand and the outline of the Defender is instantly recognisable. To reach 70 years is truly special and we will mark it with a year of celebrations that represents Land Rover’s ‘Above and Beyond’ spirit.”


Sector Focus


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