At least a quarter of local authorities in England and Wales have put a brake on the expansion of charging networks for electric vehicles (EVs), the Guardian has revealed. More than 100 local councils say they have no plans to increase the number of charging points they offer. Campaigners and politicians fear this could hinder the expansion of the UK’s electric fleet. EVs are seen as key to government plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also have a role in cutting air pollution. This week Public Health England called for vastly more EVs to replace petrol and diesel types, to tackle the problem of toxic air in cities.
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Scotland currently requires new EV charging points on a mass scale. Electric Vehicles (EVs) are fast becoming part of everyday life. If we aren’t using one ourselves, odds are we know someone who is, or are considering one for our next car purchase. The growth in utilisation over the past 24 months has been startling – in December 2018 cumulative global sales passed the five million mark – and forecasts suggest that growth will continue at pace over the next decade, with the worldwide EV market worth $122 billion by 2022, and up to 40 million charging stations installed by 2030. But sustaining this rapid growth isn’t without its challenges. One of the biggest is ensuring that charging infrastructure is installed at a pace that matches EV uptake, and in the most beneficial locations. Electric Vehicle Charge Point (EVCP) roll-out is not happening fast enough to sustain EV growth at current rates; in some areas we’re now seeing ratios of over 30:1 EVs to public EVCPs. The EV charging market is
forecast to be worth £45bn by 2025, but more needs to be done to ensure the charging infrastructure is in place to enable EV growth to continue. While destination charging is – understandably – often-preferred for stakeholders and installers, it’s becoming increasingly clear that EV users prefer home charging.
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