According to a new market analysis, the prime minister has stopped working to pursue his plans to get more people into electric vehicles.
The number of public charging stations for electric vehicles per battery car has dropped to its lowest level in two years.
For every EV currently registered in the UK, there are only 0.28 public charging points, data shows.
In contrast, there were almost nine public chargers per electric vehicle at the beginning of 2018, which shows that the infrastructure to be charged is already not keeping up with sales of cars like the BMW i3, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model 3.
Electric vehicle infrastructure catching up: a new report found that the ratio of public chargers per plug-in car is at a two-year low
A separate study also revealed the north-south divide in public charging infrastructure, with electric vehicle owners in the north being far better served than those living on the other side of the country.
Electric vehicle think tank Cornwall Insight said the Covid-19 pandemic “undoubtedly” limited the number of charging points during the year.
However, sales of electric vehicles continued to grow over the same period.
In fact, demand rose by over 160 percent in 2020. Over 86,000 battery electric cars had been registered in the UK by the end of November, compared with 33,000 in the same 11 months of 2019.
As a direct result, the country’s charging infrastructure has fallen way behind where it needs to be if Boris Johnson is to advance his plans to encourage more drivers to switch to plug-in cars.
Electric vehicle think tank Cornwall Insight said the Covid-19 pandemic “undoubtedly” limited the number of charging points during the year. Source: Cornwall Insight, using data from SMMT and Zap Map
Records show that for every EV registered in the UK, there are 0.28 charging points, a 2020
In contrast, there were almost nine public chargers per electric vehicle in early 2018
The RAC released a report earlier this month stating that a total of 185,137 new all-electric vehicles and 223,384 plug-in hybrids have been registered in the UK over the past 10 years.
The public offering of fees has also increased – it has quintupled in half a decade – but it has by no means matched the steep rise in EV uptake.
Data from the Department of Transport shows that there are now nearly 20,000 public charging points for electric vehicles in the UK.
Of these, only 3,206 are quick chargers with extremely short plug-in times.
The report comes just a month after Boris Johnson announced his ten-point action plan as part of his Green Industrial Revolution, which is marked by an accelerated ban on new gasoline and diesel cars through 2030.
By shortening the embargo by an entire decade, the move is expected to result in an even more significant increase in electric car sales over the next nine years.
The country’s charging infrastructure has fallen way behind where it needs to be for Boris Johnson to advance his plans to encourage more drivers to switch to plug-in cars, experts have warned
Cornwall Insight warned the Prime Minister that without a robust charging infrastructure it is becoming increasingly difficult to convince motorists to buy electric cars
The demand for electric vehicles increased by over 160% in 2020. More than 86,000 battery electric cars had been registered in the UK by the end of November, compared to 33,000 in the same eleven months of 2019
However, Katie Hickford, an analyst at Cornwall Insight, warned the Prime Minister that without a robust charging infrastructure, convincing motorists to buy electric cars will become increasingly difficult.
“Despite the compelling reasons behind the slowdown in the number of charging stations, the lack of charging infrastructure by the time EV sales are growing can potentially make it difficult to raise public opinion about the move to EV an easy transition,” said she.
“Although the majority of EV charges are handled at home, there are significant gaps in the delivery of public charges. It’s not just about the number of chargers; They also need to be of the right type; H. fast or slower and in the right places.
‘It’s an exciting time for electric vehicles, and the demand for public charging points will only increase as the government has pushed forward banning new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030. It is important that charging infrastructure across the country keeps pace with demand to ensure that the UK’s net zero ambitions are met. ‘
Boris Johnson and his government have recognized the need to improve the country’s charging infrastructure.
In January, ministers announced an additional £ 5 million to install chargers, doubling what the government had previously promised.
How good are EV owners at you? Coventry has the most chargers per EV driver
A study by US automaker Jeep shows an existing north-south divide in the UK when it comes to charging infrastructure, based on data collected by local authorities, the DfT and Zap Map.
A map of the UK shows that drivers in the north have far better access to public devices than those living on the other side of the country, based on the number of EVs already registered in the area.
According to the study, Coventry has the best charging infrastructure for drivers of plug-in vehicles.
According to the report, there is one public device for every 2.3 plug-in vehicles registered in the region.
Coventry City Council claims it has 39 fast charging points, around 190 on the road, of which at least another 209 will be available by the end of March 2021.
It is also alleged to be working with operators to promote the installation of charging points on business premises and to assist businesses with assistance with grant applications and advice on the type and location of the charging point within the business premises through the plug-in Coventry system.
Coventry is among the locations in the UK with the largest number of public chargers per electric car registered with local residents
Local authorities with the most chargers per approved plug-in vehicle
1. Na h-Eileanan Siar: 2.13
2. Coventry: 2.33
3. Fermanagh and Omagh: 2.50
4th Wandsworth: 2.60
5. Isle of Anglesey: 2.80
6th Brighton & Hove: 2.83
7th Sunderland: 2.94
8th. Eden: 2.95
9. Pembrokeshire: 2.95
10. Middlesbrough: 2.97
11. Gwynedd: 3.16
12. Stockton-on-Tees: 3.19
13th Shetland Islands: 3.29
14th Dumfries & Galloway: 3.37
15th Argyll & Bute: 3.38
16. Greenwich: 3.40
17th Highlands: 3.57
18th Lambeth: 3.63
19th East Lothian: 3.73
20th Boston: 3.79
However, EV and plug-in hybrid owners who live in the Outer Hebrides are better off.
The Na h-Eileanan Siar community has one charger per 2.13 cars – although there are certainly far fewer electric vehicles on the island.
Other areas with good car to charger ratios were Fermanagh and Omagh in Northern Ireland (2.5 cars per charger), Wandsworth in London (2.6) and the Isle of Anglesey (2.8).
The top 10 were Brighton and Hove (2.83), Sunderland (2.94), Eden (2.95), Pembrokeshire (2.95) and Middlesbrough (2.97).
Maria Connolly, Partner and Head of Real Estate and Clean Energy at Law Firm TLT LLP, said: ‘Local authorities will play a critical role in developing and growing the EV charging infrastructure and there are already an encouraging number of programs in place that currently being carried out in partnership with private developers.
“We are also seeing the development of EV charging station models that provide the urgently needed charging infrastructure along the most important transport routes.”
Last week, Gridserve opened its first of 100 electric vehicle charging points in Braintree, Essex.
The site has 36 custom car chargers, ranging from future-proof 350 kWh devices and Tesla compressors to smaller capacity systems for older electric cars.
Britain’s first forecourt for electric cars: Gridserve opened the country’s first electric vehicle charging station last week with the capacity to recharge the batteries of 36 plug-in cars at the same time
The groundbreaking site – the first of 100 planned for the next five years – is in Braintree, Essex, next to Great Notley, just off the A131
The 36 chargers on site range from 7 kilowatt hours (kWh) to 22 kWh chargers, which are suitable for older electric vehicles
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