Where you can charge a car currently in the UK?
While sales of EVs continue to grow – one car was registered every 13 minutes in the first quarter of 2016 – the majority of electric vehicle drivers continue to charge their cars at home. But off-street parking in the UK is available to only 60% of households, prompting government to step in and focus on infrastructure, that – without being addressed – could threaten the future viability of EVs.
Access to charging points is the main concern holding back drivers from switching to electric vehicles, and – as sales rise – consumers will come to expect EV infrastructure as standard in car parks, with an estimated 75% of car parks hosting charging points for EVs by 2025.
January’s £2.5 million On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme is targeted at areas – especially urban environments – without access to private charging points. Andrew Benfield, Group Director for Transport at the Energy Saving Trust says: ‘Not everyone can install a charger at home because they don’t have a garage, or perhaps live in a flat. This infrastructure is vital to help people make better choices about the car they drive and to do so without any difficulty.’
The scheme subsidises three-quarters of the capital costs of installing charge points in an area, ensuring that charging points keeps up with demand for vehicles. Electric cars will be cheaper to own than conventional cars by 2022, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which pinpoints the falling cost of the car’s batteries as the tipping point in bringing EVs to the mass market.
Analysing trends covering both the growth in EVs and decline in traditional petrol stations, Nissan has claimed that EV charging bays will outnumber petrol stations by summer 2020.
If you’re out and about, you’ll find charging points in almost 11,000 publicly-accessible locations, according to Go Ultra Low, and that number is only set to grow. ZapMap can help you find your closest one, either via the website, or by downloading the ZapMap App. It’s recognised as the most comprehensive and accurate charging map, but there’s also the facility to add a charge point if you’re aware of one that’s not listed, growing the network for other users.
As costs are driven down, the network is growing exponentially and the balance is due to tip within the next five years. Are you ready?