A tenfold increase in electric vehicle charge points is urgently needed in the UK, according to a new warning from industry groups.
A new report calls for a step-change in the rollout of universally accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure before a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030. The report states, ‘How to meet the UK’s EV charging demand by 2030. ‘, Published by Connected Carb, an infrastructure expert involved in finance, infrastructure, energy, local government and EV charging firms, as well as charity motility.
The report concludes that easily accessible public chargers should be installed on virtually every residential street in the country. Research shows that eight out of 10 drivers need reliable and affordable charging on the road at home to convince them to go electric.
The report found that this is especially important for disabled drivers, most of whom do not have private parking. It further suggests that the widespread availability of low-tech, low-tech 7kW ‘slow’ chargers may be a better way to address UK charging infrastructural errors than installing a small number of powerful fast chargers.
The warning comes at a time when electric car sales are up – up 154 per cent in February – but at a time when the ratio of charging points to UK cars is going backwards. The ratio of 16 chargers for each electric vehicle in the UK lags behind countries including South Korea (3: 1), the Netherlands (5: 1) and France (10: 1).
New long-term methods of financing the new charging infrastructure will be best for the increasingly wide EV charger roll-out, believes Connected Kerb, which expects to sign contracts for 30,000 new chargers this year as part of its target of 190,000 by 2030.
Chris Patman-Jones, chief executive of Connected Carb, said: “The industry is shifting from early adopters, tolerant of erratic performance, to a mass market of mainstream drivers who rightly expect consistently high performance.”
“It calls for a radical change of mindset between national and local governments, investors, developers and charging point providers.”
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