Even James Bond can’t charge his electric car: Government warned over off-street parking

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Speaking in the House of Lords, former Conservative minister Lord Herbert commented on the lack of public charging points for electric vehicles. Because of the lack of off-street charging stations, Bond may have to rely on his Aston Martin DB10, which was last used in Spectre.

In the latest film, No Time to Die, 007 was set to drive an Aston Martin Valhalla, a plug-in hybrid supercar. 

Lord Herbert, of South Downs, used Bond as an example to target the Government’s lofty zero carbon emissions goals.

He said: “Since 007 has no off-street parking and there are so few charging points, he might have no choice but to ask Q for his petrol engine DB10 back. 

“Huge numbers of people can’t contemplate buying even a plug-in hybrid, let alone a fully electric car, even where they really want to because we don’t have anything like the necessary number of public charging points.

“With only eight-and-a-half years to go before a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel new cars, what plans does the Government have for a serious acceleration in delivery of the necessary charging infrastructure?”

This comes as the House of Lords discussed the Government’s delayed Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP).

The Plan aims to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles after 2030, with a further ban on the sale of diesel lorries from 2040.

It is all in the hopes that the UK can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.


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Transport Minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton, responded to the comments from Lord Herbert saying that the Government was pushing ahead with its plans.

She continued: “The Government empathises with James Bond and indeed with all people who do not have access to off-street parking. It is one of the challenges that we do face going forward. 

“That is why the Government introduced the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) and it available to all UK local authorities to provide public charge points for their residents.

“So far it has awarded funding to 120 different local authorities to install nearly 4,000 charge points.

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