South Africa’s uYilo eMobility Programme was one of the contributors to “Policies for a mature, flourishing & equitable EV charging ecosystem” international report published by the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership (GSMP). The report was released during the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) – a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty.
The report was commissioned by the Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance), and The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). It brings together inputs from different countries. The ZEV Alliance is a group of 18 national, state, and provincial governments committed to a collaborative approach to expand the zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) market and enhance governmental cooperation on relevant policies.
“The transition to electric mobility provides different challenges to every country,” says uYilo Director, Hiten Parmar. “Combining the input from several countries and economies, a more comprehensive framework can be rapidly developed and implemented with a lower cost and less time spent developing individual solutions.”
GSMP is a network of independent, not-for-profit organizations with extensive, practical and real-world experience in implementing low and zero emission mobility.
The report was launched at an event at COP26 in Glasgow. It includes contributions from GSMP members in South Africa, America, United Kingdom, Netherlands and India, citing examples from across the International ZEV Alliance membership.
“This report from the GSMP provides insight into the top questions that governments are facing as they are strengthening their ZEV commitments and creating comprehensive, equitable charging strategies,” said Rachel Muncrief, Deputy Director of International Council on Clean Transportation.
Policy key to EV development
A range of policy interventions are needed to ensure equitable access to charging, regardless of land tenure, driver disability or socio-economic status, as EVs become a mainstream option for personal and commercial vehicles and charger installations accelerate. Policies should be coordinated to improve charger reliability and enhance interoperability, tackle electricity network constraints, and support poor business cases to ensure that mature ecosystems flourish.
The recommendations encourage accelerated plans for, and deployment of, dedicated public charging hubs and public travel corridors to host Fast, Rapid and Ultra-Rapid chargers, as demand from vehicles which cannot be charged privately will increase significantly. This is especially for priority user groups identified by global stakeholders, notably from ‘fleets & staff’, ‘high mileage local’ and ‘long haul’ drivers.
The insights aim to provide Governments across the globe with recommendations to develop their EV infrastructure policies and programmes which will underpin the necessary switch to zero emission vehicles.
ZEVs are generally cheaper to operate, quieter at slow speeds and more pleasant to drive; nationally, their uptake will improve air quality, especially in congested zones, as well as creating new economic opportunities in a growing sector; and internationally, the mass rollout of ZEVs should help to slow the pace of global climate change and reduce oil dependency.