Members of Parliament (MP) have stated that people must be safeguarded from high charging fees for public electric vehicles. It is far less expensive to charge an electric automobile at home than it is to use public charging stations. According to the Transportation Select Committee, this could place a strain on those who are less able to afford it. The government should also make charging infrastructure more accessible and reliable, as well as ensuring that residents in rural regions have equal access, according to the MPs.

By 2030, the UK intends to restrict the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, as well as hybrids. That means that by 2050, the majority of cars on the road will be electric, hydrogen fuel cell-powered, or employ some other non-fossil fuel technology. However, there is currently a price difference between charging a car at home and public charging, which is more expensive. The Transportation Committee stated that consumers must be safeguarded from unreasonable fees. The MPs also suggested that property developers be forced to provide public charging points and that local governments ensure that charging infrastructure is created.

“Charging electric vehicles should be simple, quick, and economical, and drivers should not be penalized because of where they live or how they charge their vehicles,” said Huw Merriman, chair of the group. Drivers who reside in rural or distant regions, or who do not have access to off-street parking, “risk being left behind,” according to the committee. The industry should utilize price “to alter consumer charging behavior to a ‘small but often’ approach and at times when the National Grid can meet entire demand.”