Demand for electric vehicles is being held back by “massive gaps” in charging station locations across the country, a report warns. The switch to electric vehicles is crucial if Britain is to succeed in its aim to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. About 47,000 plug-in cars were registered last year, but only 173 public charging points became available, according to a survey by HSBC. The rate of installation has fallen heavily since 2016, when 2,833 charging points were installed. Britain is far behind its European rivals, with France and Germany installing 11,987 and 7,937 points respectively in 2016, according to research by the car parks group Indigo. The HSBC report found that there were nearly 17,000 people in the UK for every public charge point, a ratio it said needed “urgent” attention. The analysis found “massive gaps” across the regions, with Wales, Yorkshire and the east of England the worst affected.
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