In 2018 the number of electric vehicles on UK roads had increased substantially. However, the majority of drivers have yet to make the switch to electric cars and vehicles. Although there is public and governmental support of electric vehicles, it has been suggested the lack of reliable electric vehicle (EV) charging points across Britain may be discouraging drivers from making the switch to an electric vehicle. The RAC suggests the poor EV charge point network is the main concern for drivers thinking of switching to an electric vehicle. There is a wide variation in EV charging infrastructure across the UK, with more than a third of local authorities having less than 10 EV charging locations.
The Department for Transport has suggested 80% of EV charging by EV owners, is at private properties with off-street parking. However, for many vehicle owners they do not have access to off-street parking and with the limited number of on-street EV charge points across the UK, there is no convenient way of charging for many.
“It should be remembered that one of the big benefits of electric vehicles is the ability for motorists to charge up before they leave home. But once they’ve left, they currently rely on charging points on major roads and in city centres as it is along these roads where the greatest investment in charging infrastructure has so far taken place. Coverage away from major roads is still patchy, but that is to be expected given where the greatest number of electric vehicles are likely to be. Having more charging points available will be essential in helping drivers overcome so-called ‘range anxiety’, where they fear running out of power before they can recharge.” (Simon Williams – Spokesman for RAC)
The average distance between petrol and diesel filling stations in the UK is 1 mile, whereas for EV charge points it varies widely. In North Devon the average distance between EV charging points can be as high as 47 miles but in some parts of London it is 100 meters. This means for any potential EV drivers who need to make long journeys across Britain, the lack of EV infrastructure is a major concern.
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