It is all very well encouraging people to move to greener, more energy efficient electric vehicles but they need to be able to charge them regularly and efficiently and that currently does not seem to be the case in the UK.
A report carried out by Emu Analytics predicts there will be one million electric vehicles on Britain’s roads by 2020. There are currently just 16,500 electric charging points around the country and the report estimates a further 83,500 will be required to match demand.
Emu Analytics estimate that an electric vehicle’s battery range is between 100 and 200 miles so the need for charging points is clear. It had been predicted that supermarkets would become the preferred charging points for drivers but to date only 3% of supermarkets operate them. Asda has the best coverage with points available at 19% of their stores. Tesco, however, have them at just 0.4% at theirs.
There is no doubt that electric vehicles represent the future. Between 2014 and 2017 there was a 600% increase in electric car sales in the UK. There was a 20% rise between 2016 and 2017 alone.
Obviously the easiest way of charging your electrical vehicle is at home. We have been installing charging points for some time now so if you are considering them installed at your home give us a call on 01453 764531 to discuss your options.