EV Charger Rollout
For those who do not have off-street parking suitable for charge point installation:
One in 10 cars sold in 2020 was a plug-in vehicle according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. They also said that the government need to “throw the kitchen sink” at the issue of charging according to gocharged.co.uk
The rollout of public chargers means there are now more than 13,300 locations with chargers which range from petrol stations to hotels and supermarkets. Companies such as Ecotricity and Pod Point have led the rollout of these public chargers so far, however, coverage is patchy with Greater London having more than 9000 connectors compared to just over 500 in the whole of Northern Ireland.
An app called Zap-Map is available to help drivers locate chargers. Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder and chief operating officer at Zap-Map, commented:
“While overall car sales have shown a significant drop, electric vehicles continue to buck this trend with another impressive month for EV sales.
“The more than 50% increase in sales of BEVs is a testament to the fantastic progress we’ve made since this time last year. It’s a trend we expect to continue, with new investment and infrastructure being announced all the time. Now it’s all about making charging as simple as possible for EV drivers and giving confidence to those looking to make the switch.”
Drivers without access to charging at home could go to local ‘destinations’ such as supermarkets and hotels. In an interview with Prospect Magazine, Transport Minister, Rachel Maclean said “Our vision is to have one of the best charging infrastructure networks in the world and we want chargepoints to be accessible, affordable and secure. In short, we want to make charging as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car. But we know that we cannot achieve this revolution on our own—that’s why these ambitions will be supported by an accompanying package of £2.8bn”.
Local councils play an essential role in providing electric vehicle infrastructure and so in partnership with Energy Saving Trust, the Department for Transport is urging Local authorities who haven’t done so already, to take advantage of the cash injection to boost the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints in towns and cities across the UK. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that funding for the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) will continue into 2021/22, allowing residents without private parking to reliably charge their vehicle.
For those who do have off-street parking suitable for charge point installations:
Basingstoke Electricians, DRC Electrical Services are OLEV approved and can offer full advice on the grants available and the options available to Electric Vehicle owners or those looking to buy an electric car. Contact us for a competitive quote for installation of an electric vehicle charger.