Recent studies have found that there nearly one in two new automobiles purchased in London last month were EV electric vehicles. This should come at no surprise, since the government and specifically the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, have begun encouraging drivers to convert to electric and carbon-free transport solutions, with incentives and road charges for fossil-fuelled vehicles. Every year, more and more UK charging points are being installed throughout the country.
However, is there enough to meet the demand? Especially when the number of new EV sales is increasing. Find out more here at Elite.
In June, nearly 6,000 completely electric or hybrid plug-in vehicles were registered in London, outpacing sales of standard petrol cars by more than 200 vehicles. According to data from New AutoMotive, London continues to lead the rest of the nation in the adoption of more environmentally friendly means of transportation.
Battery electric vehicles, which consist solely of electric which is charged at UK charging points, were the second most popular new vehicle category. Having 2,932 new all-electric sales, they came in second after petrol-powered vehicles. Whilst, hybrid electric vehicles, which have a smaller battery and combustion engine, had 2,909 registered by the end of June.
UK Charging Points
In the UK, there were 32,663 EV charge points spread across 19,960 public charging stations. Compared to last year, there has been an increase of 34% more EV charge points. According to ZapMap, a popular app that EV drivers can use to find their local EV chargers, they have received 829 new points over the past month. However, these points do not include home or workplace destination charging points, as these are typically privately run and owned.
The nation’s capital has the largest amount of UK charging points. Yet, due to London’s immense population, this is still not enough for the number of electric vehicles on the road. To support the shift, it is estimated that there will need to be at least 60,000 EV chargers in London by the 2030 ban on fossil-fuelled vehicles. Though we are moving in the right direction, there is still not enough EV chargers to meet demand. This leads to range anxiety for drivers who are nervous that they will not make a journey. For this, alternatives should be considered.
Portable EV Chargers
Portable UK charging points gives a driver a variety of charging options. On your travels, you shouldn’t have to be concerned about running out of juice. EV drivers can choose when and where to recharge by using portable chargers.
It’s a great way to keep track of how much electricity is used, which is something that is frequently overlooked at charging stations. You may recharge on the go in this manner and keep track of your usage. Utilizing portable chargers can also aid in the growth of the electric vehicle market. Even if new battery plants are being built, the RAC has cautioned that a lack of charging stations may “hinder” the number of EVs sold in the UK. Renting or owning a charge point means you are helping with this problem, as fewer drivers will be queueing at public charging stations.
Destination charging, in addition, means that drivers do not have to wait for their vehicle to charge. They can set up their own charge points whilst on the go. For example, at shopping centres or in the workplace. For more information on destination charging, click here to find out about our services.
Elite Electric Vehicle
Elite EV Charge provides temporary and permanent UK charging points for EV drivers. Whether this is destination charging or hiring charge points for events. We advocate the use of portable EV chargers to help lower the planet’s carbon footprint.
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