car charging infrastructure

1. compulsory car charging point in all new build homes

2. compulsory car charging points for many/most spaces in all new build car parks

3. more car charging points in public car parks

4. more car charging points on-street in town etc.

4. higher GST on non zero-emission vehicles but this should exclude hybrids with electric-only range of > 25 miles which will probably be zero-emission on island but allows longer trips for folk on road trips abroad.

Why the contribution is important

Jersey has lots of cars and vans and with no MOT, many are old, dirty and highly pollutive. this is a great way to turbo-charge the adoption of zero-emission vehicles on island.

by as530 on February 06, 2021 at 10:21AM

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  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 07, 2021 at 12:11

    I fully agree with all the points listed. We had the JEC install a car charger at home a few weeks ago. Not really necessary for our 2014 hybrid (15-20mile battery range but OK for most trips in Jersey) but essential for when we can afford a full battery electric car.

    If every new house had one installed, it would certainly encourage people to go electric. 2p per mile and never have to visit a petrol station! :-)

    Higher tax/duty on polluting vehicles could be used to subsidise zero emission ones. We just need strong politicians to push through the necessary legislation.
  • Posted by TheResearcher February 07, 2021 at 20:51

    I agree with most of this, but I suggest more charging points all around the island, not just in town. Many people live outside of town and many travel to remote parts of the island for running, walking, surfing, to lay on the beach, etc.

    Multiple 7kW charging points at all of the beaches is a must have, so that people can put their cars on charge and then go off for a couple of hours. El Tico worked that out for themselves.

    I also say that GST should be completely removed from full EV's, to give people a REAL incentive to change. The States need to be BOLD, to have the courage to make the important decisions that NEED to be made if they want any chance of meeting the CO2 target that they themselves set.

    Pure Hybrids should not have GST removed because Hybrids because they use the combustion engine to charge the battery, so no matter how many miles they do on battery, they still burn fuel and emit CO2, NOx, Particulates, partially combusted fuel, and other toxins and carcinogens.

    I wouldn't take GST off PHEV's either, for the simple reason that is been proven in the UK and EU that people will take advantage of the discount to buy a PHEV that they never charge up, meaning the emissions are greater than a standard combustion engined vehicle.[…]pany-cars-not-being-charged

    And even when charged, PHEV's pollute much more than claimed.
    "Transport & Environment (T&E), which commissioned the tests, said governments should end the purchase subsidies and generous tax breaks for plug-in hybrids that are fuelling another emissions scandal."

    If we have learned anything from COVID-19 it is that we can have clean air if we want it, and to prevent the worst impacts of viruses like COVID, we need clean air. the only way to have clean air is to have 100% Electric vehicles.

    "Recent studies of COVID-19 in several countries identified links between air pollution and death rates."[…]/S0269749120365489

    If people want to drive abroad, buy a small EV for Jersey and hire a car with longer range at the destination. This is what I and many other EV owners do.
  • Posted by as530 February 09, 2021 at 07:19

    Good point about buying plug in hybrids then never charging them. Only way to deal with that is higher fuel duty. Perhaps, substantially higher fuel duty. For many people, two cars instead of one is not an option due to costs, number of parking spaces etc. I suspect that substantially higher fuel duty will accelerate the adoption of clean vehicles.
  • Posted by TheResearcher February 09, 2021 at 18:07

    Locally, PM2.5 comes from combustion engined vehicles.

    News today “We estimate a global mortality burden of 8.7 million premature deaths in 2018 from fossil fuel PM2.5 pollution,” Mr Vohra said.[…]-fuels-deaths-b1799380.html

    The majority of people will read that news item and write it off as just being India and China deaths, but it's not, it's global.

    It may not be millions here, but it's more than likely not zero either, because all the combustion vehicles on the island are emitting PM2.5 which pedestrians are breathing in, people with no car air filters (old cars and any commercial vehicles except really new) are breathing in, motorcyclists and cyclists are breathing in, children waiting for the bus or school pickup are breathing in, etc.
  • Posted by philipjohnson February 10, 2021 at 18:00

    Yes, charging points at new homes. But not at commuter car parks, it is better to follow St.Ouen and put them in our of town locations, on bus routes, to enable charge and ride for commuters. By 2024 a new generation of fast charging will be hear, enabling shop and charge, and charge whilst you walk the dog points, as charging comes down to less than 30 minutes, and with the average milage, this will mean charging every 7 to 14 days.
  • Posted by Letstalkclimate February 14, 2021 at 15:28

    Many people park on the road, especially in town and can’t plug in next to the pavement. We would also need to consider new technology to allow charging for these cars. Roadside charging points need to be investigated and invested in.
  • Posted by BigAirport February 16, 2021 at 18:10

    I have a Zero electric motorbike which is brilliant and has a 150 mile range so perfect for the island.
    I always charge it at home overnight from a 13amp plug so never use a charging point and never will.
    If I did buy an electric car it would be only used on the island and never taken away due to its inherent liabilities of range, taking account of winter weather, using a heater, demister etc which even for a Tesla reduce it to about 100 miles or so in 6c and wet weather, cue every autumn and winter use.
    Electric cars are great for short journeys and ideal for use only in Jersey but just remember they only become carbon neutral v petrol after they have done 55,000 miles. Those batteries, which have to be recycled as well, are very expensive in energy terms to produce and install. The answer as has been the case for the last 70 years is fewer car journeys and fewer people to make them. Until the rest of humanity feels inclined to address the second point we will never progress to save the planet.
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  • Posted by TheResearcher March 07, 2021 at 11:06

    Another country that shows it's commitment to climate reduction with meaningful action.

    Canada announces $2.75 billion investment in zero-emissions buses and charging infrastructure[…]/
  • Posted by TheResearcher March 12, 2021 at 17:42

    "JT vehicles to go all electric within next few years"[…]ctric-within-next-few-years
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