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UK utility Western Power Distribution has released an updated roadmap of how the energy provider plans to meet the charging demands of future electric vehicle users.

The utility says it will offer back-to-back leases to EV charge point operators to ensure faster and easier rollout of chargers across the UK.

Western Power Distribution is also partnering with motorway service operators to develop charging solutions at roadside fuel filling stations.

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The energy provider helped to deploy 48 EV chargers connected to its network as part of a phase one project with the Department for Transport’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Project Rapid.

Phase 2 aims to intensify the installation of EV chargers and with Moto Services, Western Power Distribution (WPD) will trial fast-charging EV chargers at one of their motorway service areas.

The utility also has plans to invest in the development of new charging solutions for domestic customers and on-street charging infrastructure.

The UK electric car fleet could reach around 15 million units by 2032, rising to over 38 million by 2038., according to a statement.

Current projections suggest that around 217,000 chargers will be connected to WPD’s network by 2023.

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WPD’s DSO development manager Paul Jewell said: “Our updated strategy details how we are making EV charger connections on our network easier and quicker. Over the next 12 months, our planned innovation projects will see the roll out of industry-leading charging solutions for both domestic and non-domestic settings.

“Our estimates suggest that, in order to reach the charging capacity required to meet the decarbonisation of transport, the UK needs to install 2,700 charge points a day. Our EV strategy shows we have the solutions to make EV charging quick and effective for customers. We are working hard alongside industry, Government and stakeholders to ensure that everyone who wants an EV charger can get one.”