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Heathrow Airport: Electric Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with Heathrow Airport about the amount they charge customers for use of their electric vehicle charging points; and what assessment they have made of the application of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 to the airport to limit such costs and to ensure that their charging points are maintained in a usable condition.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We have regular conversations with Heathrow about how it can improve the sustainability of the airport, including its support for electric vehicles, but have not discussed its chargepoint pricing model.

Pricing is a matter for chargepoint network operators, but we are clear that we do not want to see prohibitive pricing of public chargepoints become a barrier to the uptake of electric vehicles. We want to see a self-sustaining electric vehicle chargepoint network that is affordable, reliable and accessible and will continue to monitor this as the market develops.

The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act provides the Government with powers to require the installation of chargepoints at large fuel retailers and motorway services areas, if needed, and to set chargepoint maintenance and reliability standards. We will consider intervening using these powers if the market fails to deliver improvements.

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