• Capabilities: Business Advisory, Investment and Finance, Operations and Maintenance Solutions, Technology and Information
  • Sectors: Transportation, Highways and Intelligent Transport Systems

Supporting the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure

United Kingdom - The appetite for cleaner, greener transport options continues to grow, and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles will be key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the coming years. However, providing more electric charging points will be crucial in supporting people to make low-carbon mobility choices. Our work with Highways England has focused on developing a strategy for improving charging infrastructure at motorway service stations. It will be a key aspect of Highways England’s plans to futureproof the road network for the long-term.

95%

of A-roads and motorways within 20 miles of a charge point

6

high powered charge points at all motorway services in England by 2023

Highways England is committed to helping to improve the nation's air quality. In a bid to encourage more motorists to switch to electric power, it aims to ensure that 95% of its motorways and major A roads are within 20 miles of a charge point.

To support this ambition, Arcadis conducted a UK-wide feasibility study into providing improved charging infrastructure at motorway service stations. The study focused on 10 motorway service areas and will inform investment into improving energy supply across the Strategic Road Network over the next five years.

Arcadis developed an outline business case that provided the strategic, economic, financial, commercial and management case for investment into improved energy supply and charging infrastructure over the next five years. We brought together teams from across our transport planning, manufacturing, technology and energy divisions to develop an outline strategy for roll-out, designed to ensure that energy supply stays ahead of demand as uptake increases. We also developed the commercial and operational model that will support investment.

Providing more electric charging points is going to be crucial in helping motorists overcome range anxiety, which is one of the most commonly cited concerns preventing people from making the switch to electric. A higher number of faster charge points also means shorter charging times and ultimately a quicker journey and improved customer experience.

The feasibility study is a key element of Highway’s England’s Delivery Plan, which makes a commitment to supporting the Government’s Road to Zero strategy. The Government has already stated its intention to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 and recently passed legislation to commit the UK to its new target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Highways England’s target to ensure that 95% of its motorways and major A roads are within 20 miles of a charge point has already been exceeded; the Government's new ambition is to have at least six high powered, open access charge points at all motorway service areas in England by 2023. 

“It was a pleasure to work with a professional team of specialist knowledgeable experts on Electric Vehicle Charging.   

"The project team presented a clear understanding of the predicted EV Charging energy demand for each Motorway Service Area site, along with a suite of potential costed solutions.  Options included incremental implementation stages with various technologies to meet the short to long term requirements of each site.”
 
Brian Cull, Senior Intelligent Transport Systems Engineer, Highways England

Outcomes

95%

of A-roads and motorways within 20 miles of a charge point

6

high powered charge points at all motorway services in England by 2023

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