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EV uptake is facing bumps in the road if we don’t fix charging infrastructure

  • Industry News
  • Published on 09/07/2022

With the Government preparing to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the uptake of electric vehicles is set to increase 20-fold over the next seven years. This would undoubtedly play a major part in helping us decarbonise our country and reach our net zero target by 2050.

But, across the UK, our current charging infrastructure is unable to sustain this predicted growth. Estimates show we would need to be delivering ten times the current number of charging points before the 2030 cut-off. And it’s not just the number of chargers we need to look at. If we want to avoid the seemingly random concentration of infrastructure in a few hubs around the country, and vast areas without access to public EV charging, we need to adopt an evidence-led strategy to charging infrastructure which will avoid businesses and local authorities wasting money installing the wrong types of chargers in the wrong places.

This is the only way we will be able to build consumer confidence in EVs. With 80 charging points per 100,000 people in London currently, compared with just 10 Yorkshire and the Humber, it’s time we found a better solution for the effective roll out of charging infrastructure in the UK.

Since the government’s ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ set out the plans to phase-out petrol and diesel cars, companies and councils around the UK have been taking steps to ensure they are prepared with adequate EV charging provisions. Afterall, failure to cater for electric vehicle drivers will ultimately isolate businesses of all types from a large, growing customer base. Similarly, councils must consider how EV charging supports local centres, protects critical revenue streams, and democratises EV uptake. But we need to look more closely at the type of infrastructure that is being installed. More often than not, due to a lack of a data-led approach, critical errors are made in terms of the number and type of charging points needed.

We all make conscious efforts to be more sustainable – from using a reusable water bottle to separating our cardboard parcel boxes in the rubbish. The transition to electric vehicles is a key part of building a more sustainable future – but for this to happen we must deliver the right charging infrastructure. Drivers, from all corners of the country, need to be confident that the move to an electric vehicle is a sustainable solution, and this means providing them with the certainty that they will be able to charge their car wherever they are. This can only be achieved by adopting a data-led approach which will eliminate inflated infrastructure costs and risks.