July 20, 2017 at 4:45 PM
The Government Bill is among the most compelling indicators yet that electric cars will soon be a mainstream alternative to petrol and diesel engines.
The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will facilitate a comprehensive network of recharging stations across the country. As uptake of electric vehicles continues to soar, the move could not have come a moment too soon to ensure that there is an infrastructure in place to meet this escalating demand.
Five years ago, there were 2,000 electric vehicles on the UK’s roads. Today, that number has risen to more than 85,000, and it keeps going up every day.
However, the number of charging locations has only risen from 1,287 to 4,243 over the same period of time.
The European Parliament has stated that to make electric cars viable, there needs to be a car to charger ratio of at least one to ten.
The 4,243 current locations have a total of 11,736 chargers, meaning that the ratio currently stands at 7.3. However, if EV ownership continues to grow at the present rate, then there will be around 700,000 of these cars on the UK’s roads by 2020. This means that an additional 60,000 chargers will be needed over the next three years to keep up with demand.
The Government Bill is a step towards achieving this, but many commentators believe that not enough is being done to give the EV revolution a chance to really take hold.
Zap-Map is an organisation that maintains a public database of charging points throughout the UK. Its Director, Melanie Shufflebotham, predicts that even with the Government’s latest initiative, the country will have only around 30,000 charging locations by 2022.