With the government announcing its commitment to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, an estimated additional four hundred thousand electric charging points will need to be rolled out in order to meet demand and help people make the switch to electric.
However, with just 39,000 public charging points currently in the UK, the government needs to grow its charging network five times faster than the current forecast if it hopes to meet this target. In a bid to help grow the nation’s charging network, facilitate convenient overnight charging for those without access to off-street parking, and to accelerate green mobility, UK parking app, JustPark is calling on people and businesses to offer their private charging points to the public.
JustPark, which now allows Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers to be listed for others to reserve and pay for in advance, has been adding around 120 new EV hosts signing up to its platform weekly, making JustPark the 7th largest public charging network in the UK.
Whilst the government has recently pledged £20 million to local authorities to help the supply of on-street charge points, this will only add a further 4,000 to the network, which equates to around 35 chargers per local authority over the next four years, with 126 councils having no plans to fit any at all. This is not nearly enough to meet demand over the next few years and comes at a substantial cost of over £6,000 per charge point installation.
This is why community charging is a crucial step needed to help further grow the network and bridge the government gap. JustPark’s appeal for community charging could also help the government out with a solution which would incur far less costs and be less disruptive to local areas, allowing for a hassle free implementation of a strong UK charging infrastructure. By helping to grow the private charging network and making it publicly available, it will enable the government to meet its 2030 target and ultimately help the UK achieve net zero by 2050.
With at least 43% of car owners not having a private driveway or access to private charging, this is a major obstacle to the rollout of EVs. Therefore, private inventory is essential in helping to increase the charging network and enable more people to make the switch to electric, especially for those in lower income households and urban dwellers without easy access to a driveway.
Anthony Eskinazi, Founder and CEO of JustPark, says: “Despite great progress and significant backing from the treasury, the UK is not on track to have the required infrastructure in place to support the mass adoption of electric vehicles, especially for drivers without access to off-street parking. Ultimately, we all have the same objectives, and so we are calling on the public to do their bit to help facilitate green mobility.
“With community spirit higher than ever since the start of the pandemic, we are asking people to play a part in driving a more environmentally friendly society, regardless of whether they have gone electric themselves yet.
“People with a charge point already installed can do their bit for their area by sharing it with others on JustPark. This type of community support would help to further increase the adoption of EVs in the next few years.”
Edmund King OBE, AA president, adds: “There are varying estimates on the extent of the public charging network required to make the EV revolution work, but we definitely know that those without off-street parking need more help. Hence the AA is fully behind JustPark’s campaign to increase the number of publicly available charging points in the UK.
“We need to work together, exploring all options, to create a charging infrastructure that is fit to service the increased numbers of EVs that will be on the road.
“JustPark’s appeal for communities to get involved to help supplement the existing charging network would be an important step in helping us reach these targets.”