EV Charger Rollout Needs to Speed Up Because Apparently We Like Electric Cars a Little Too Much

By Tom Pritchard on at

At the moment there are 16,500 electric car chargers dotted around the UK, letting EV owners top up their batteries away from the charger they likely have installed at home. Unfortunately it seems the British people are taking too electric cars a little too quickly, because a new report claims the current rollout speed won't be able to keep up.

According to a report from Emu Analytics electric cars are being becoming so popular we'll need to have 83,500 electric car chargers by 2020, which is a six fold increase in what we have now. The report also predicts that there will be an estimated million electric vehicles on the road in two years time. That's a big leap, though, seeing as how there are currently 150,000 electric cars on the road right now - with around nine vehicles per charger. However this report matches comments by Amanda Blanc, Group Chief Executive Axa UK and Ireland, who last year said that the UK currently doesn't have the charging infrastructure for mass EV-adoption.

The report also notes that the best place to own an electric car is Newcastle, with 1.45 cars per charger. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Peterborough was the worst with just 485 cars per charger. Ouch.

The good news is that there are active measure to improve the number of car charging points across the country. The National Grid has already outlined plans for its own rollout, designed to ensure 90 per cent of EV owners are no more than 50 miles from a charger, though there doesn't seem to be a specific timeline on how that will rollout yet. BP has also started rolling out portable car charger sits petrol stations, and Shell has been rolling them out in its petrol stations since last January. Then there's that section of Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill that says the government may force petrol stations to install EV chargers if they don't do it voluntarily.

Obviously this means there is a very long way to go, especially with the current range of fully electric vehicles lying somewhere between 100 and 200 miles (depending on what you buy and how you drive). [Alphr]