If you take a look at the latest electric vehicle (EV) statistics, you notice how much the demand for accessible chargers has increased. Electric car sales increased by 186% in 2020, and this number is only growing. By the end of this year, one in ten cars are predicted to be electric. This statistic should be a major wake up call for EV charging companies, events and businesses alike, as they look for ways to get connected to the grid. But simply installing an EV charging point isn’t that simple. Luckily, there are mobile EV charging services available, but when will the country see their potential?
Portable EV charging is a great alternative to grid charging. It doesn’t cause as much disruption, it’s more cost-effective and it won’t succumb to grid issues. Installing grid chargers isn’t practical for some people, especially annual events such as music festivals. Mobile vehicle chargers can be deployed and taken away with ease, providing an accessible place for EV drivers to top up their batteries. We need more chargers, now more than ever. But are we prepared?
The Demand is Rising
As previously mentioned, more people are driving electric cars than ever before. There are currently around 300,000 EVs on the road and 600,000 plug-in hybrids, all of which need a suitable place to charge. There are now more EV charging stations than petrol stations, but in certain locations, they aren’t as easy to find. With more demand comes more fights for a place at the charging spot in public car parks. This can lead to bottlenecking, especially after events. By providing a connection-free alternative, you can keep drivers across the country connected, not just in towns and cities.
Off-grid locations are usually popular tourist spots, such as the Scottish Highlands and the Lake District. With more visitors comes more demand for chargers, which the National Grid may not be able to support. By providing portable EV charging, we can reduce these challenges to the grid, with battery-storage technology suited to all EVs. Our services cater to all sorts of instances, such as destination charging, events and even weddings. To find out more, please visit us here.
Can the Grid Support the Chargers?
The National Grid has stated that it is ready for the EV surge, but is this the case? The main reason for people not opting for an EV is that they believe there isn’t a great availability of chargers. This isn’t the case in more populated towns and cities, but not in more remote locations. The National Grid aims to make the most of existing networks and invest in future locations, but this needs to happen sooner rather than later. Since the petrol crisis earlier in the year, inquiries into electric vehicles have gone up significantly, as people are waking up to the reality of a sustainable future.
Instead of waiting around for the grid to catch up, mobile EV charging services can be a great alternative. Even if they are a temporary solution before grid chargers are installed, they can allow businesses to discover how many grid chargers they need to install. This can save on money, time and the level of disruption.
A More Practical Option…
Think about music festivals such as Glastonbury or the Isle of Wight. These festivals usually take place in parks, and sometimes, they’re in the middle of nowhere. Installing chargers to the grid into these areas is incredibly impractical, to say the least. Once the festival is over and everything is packed away, you will still have these chargers sitting idle for a whole year. Because of this, most festivals choose to forego chargers. This can lead to EV drivers avoiding the event, or panicking that their car won’t get them home. To solve this, portable EV chargers can be the answer.
For event EV charging, look no further than our services at Elite Vehicle Charging. We can deploy our battery-storage chargers to locations across the UK, helping the planet with one charger at a time. We provide a temporary solution to a widescale problem, but mobile EV charging services need to be considered more. To find out more, or to receive a quote, please give us a call on 0800 702 2661. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form here.