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Infrastructure must lead the charge in building electric car network

They are the future, but there is still a long way to travel in providing a nationwide infrastructure of charging points for electric vehicles.

Visitors to cities like London, Paris, Oslo and Beijing have grown accustomed to the ubiquity of charging points for electric vehicles or EVs.

The global market for EVs and related infrastructure has seen a major boost in the last 12 months. According to new research from EV Volumes, which monitors global sales, around 1.2 million EVs were registered worldwide in 2017, a 57 per cent increase on 2016. These figures include sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). China was the global leader with a 72 per cent year-on-year increase, representing nearly half of all sales; the UK ranks modestly at number 13.

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