Should the Government Set Targets For EV Charging Point Installation?

According to statistics, electric vehicles (EVs) account for one in six new cars from 2021, as car companies are starting to convert to greener solutions. EV charging point installation has been contested, not only the disadvantages of public charging points, but that there is not enough for the number of cars on the road.

The ban on new fossil-fuelled cars will surely be a forcing factor into ensuring there are enough charging points around the UK and fully support the move to carbon-free driving. But, how can we ensure this?


As more and more electric vehicles are being manufactured and sold, massive battery factories are starting to be built around the UK. But, companies are starting to worry about EV charging point installation; specifically that there are not enough points to meet the demand for the surge in EVs. From this, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has put forward a new proposal called Ofcharge; to observe and ensure all the country can charge their EVs no matter their location. Not a reference to The Handmaid’s Tale, the new regulator Ofcharge stands for the Office of Charging and will monitor this process, including the charging rate and affordability. The company wants to govern targets and make sure all charging points are accessible, available and affordable.

But what does this entail? Well, SMMT has presented a seven-point plan that could help the electric charging point installation infrastructure.

  • Ensure the consumer’s needs at every stage
  • Deliver a national plan and set targets for the right number of chargers at the right locations
  • Establish a “right to charge”
  • Construct legally binding targets around the UK
  • Ofcharge
  • Boost the number of charging points and funding
  • Make sure renewable energy is being used

How Portable Chargers Can Help

The focus of this new procedure is to make sure EV charging point installation is happening across the UK, at affordable costs. But can they really ensure this? There are more cars than public charging points and this ratio is currently very unbalanced. Also, even if there are more points, queues are still likely to occur at stations; especially without fast chargers. EV drivers may be inclined not to go to a charging station and perhaps run out of charge halfway through a journey. From this, alternatives should be considered.

Using a portable charger means that you get to decide where and when you recharge your vehicle. Whether this be during off-grid journeys or charging whilst at work. It gives you more opportunities and versatility with your driving. Gone is the dreaded ‘range anxiety. Destination charging is a quick and easy solution to remain connected no matter where you are. Portable chargers will also help the Ofcharge procedure, as fewer drivers will need to go to charging stations, hence queues will lessen and the number of public points will be more equal to vehicles.

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