The government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. This means that millions of motorists will need a network of local plug-in charging points in the future, as two in five UK households do not have their own driveway, even more in urban areas.
In addition, demand for electric vehicles in the UK is steadily rising, partly due to the increasing availability of more affordable e-car models. It was therefore surprising to learn from a recent survey by car manufacturer, Vauxhall, that 70% of local councils in the UK have no plans to install public charging points in local streets.
Although charging will mainly take place at home and at work in the future, the expansion and development of public charging infrastructure will play a key role in the uptake of electric mobility in the short term. Particularly in transport hubs or for people who do not have charging facilities at home, the availability of public charging stations is an important driver for switching to an EV.
For this reason, it is crucial to equip all areas, private, workplace or public space, with an appropriate charging infrastructure.
How it could look like:
- For everyday charging, the focus is on the home AC charging station, whether wall-mounted or portable, so that you can charge flexibly on the go, wherever there is a socket.
- Businesses will play a key role in charging infrastructure in the future, as EV owners without a charging possibility in their parking space will be able to rely on their employer to provide charging at work.
- In addition, more charging points will be needed in shopping centres and generally in all types of car parks, so that EV owners can not only rely on the existing public charging infrastructure but can charge their car whenever they want, according to their needs and lifestyle, without range anxiety.
Andrew Oakes, Director UK and Ireland at Juice Technology, says that, electromobility must be understood as an overall concept. There isn’t just one right solution – the individual areas must work together to make the transition to electric mobility as easy and efficient as possible.
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