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West Berkshire will be ready for electric only vehicles by 2030

West Berkshire is the seventh best prepared area for electric vehicles, claims car lease comparison site Moneyshake.

With the Government’s plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, Moneyshake analysed several factors to reveal which UK areas are the most and least prepared for the switch to electric vehicles.

The study analysed data from the Department for Transport on three factors; the number of publicly available electric vehicle charging devices, the number of charging devices installed using the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), and the number of sockets installed using the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) in each local authority, per 100,000 people.

From these factors, each local authority was given a score out of 561, ranked lowest to highest.

Electric vehicle charging station
Electric vehicle charging station

West Berkshire has emerged as the seventh most prepared for the switch, with a final score of 45.5.

Stratford-upon-Avon has emerged as the most prepared local authority, with Cherwell coming second and the Cotswolds ranking third.

Moneyshake chief executive Eben Lovatt said: "There’s no doubt that electric vehicles are better for the environment and the popularity of them is only growing, with us having seen a big increase in interest of electric car leasing.

"However, there is still a way to go for the Government’s 2030 plans to be a success, as a robust charging network is critical.

"Whilst it’s positive to see that there has been plenty of home installations of charging devices through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, the UK’s public infrastructure is still a way behind.

"As more is invested into charging devices being installed across the country, such as through the Local EV Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot scheme, hopefully, we can see the UK’s EV charging network improve."

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