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There is a growing consensus that the UK's electric vehicle charging network is not fit for purpose. 

A recent survey by Novuna found that three in four EV drivers (76%) believe that the current network is simply unfit for purpose and the survey also found that one in three (31%) EV drivers now frequently have to queue for a charger. This is despite the fact there are now about 1.8 million electric vehicles on UK roads primarily driven by business users using business contract hire.

There are a number of reasons why the UK's charging network is not fit for purpose:

First, the number of public chargers is simply not high enough, there are currently around 32,000 public chargers in the UK, but this is only enough to support around 1.8 million electric vehicles. With the government's target of 12 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, the number of public chargers will need to increase significantly.

Secondly, the distribution of public chargers is uneven. There are many areas of the UK where there are very few public chargers, while other areas are over-served, this can make it difficult for EV drivers to find a charger when they need one. One look at Zap-Map shows the concentration of chargers around motorways etc.

Third, the reliability of public chargers is often poor. A recent survey by Zap-Map found that a whopping one in five public chargers is out of order at any given time, this can be a major inconvenience for EV drivers, who may have to wait for a charger to become available or drive to a different location.

However the Government is aware and in its recent EV charging strategy, the government set out a number of measures to improve the network, including:

  • Investing £1.6 billion in public chargers
  • Requiring all new public chargers to be rapid chargers
  • Making it easier for EV drivers to pay for charging

However, it will take some time for these measures to have an impact. In the meantime, EV drivers will continue to face challenges when it comes to charging their vehicles.

Real Work Experience

This is something I experienced on a recent trip to Wembley Stadium, after spending a significant amount of time researching how to do a 380 mile journey (there and back in the day) in a car with a range of just under 300 miles  I found one of the Wembley car parks had 76 charging spots only to find when I got there almost all were taken by ICE cars and the 3/4 left were out of order so my car sat uncharged for 6 hours.

Never mind you say on the way back up I just had to find somewhere to charge near the motorway and add about 100 miles on, 1st port of call on the M1 was Toddington, 3 chargers, 1 broken, 2 busy, back in the car next stop Newport Pagnell, finally a charger, plugged in and charging, 70p per KWH which is almost 20p per mile.

Yes I did complete my journey however despite a long time planning there was still major issues which would put most people off.

Here are some of the things that can be done to improve the UK's charging network:

  • Increase the number of public chargers
  • Improve the distribution of public chargers
  • Improve the reliability of public chargers
  • Make it easier for EV drivers to pay for charging
  • Provide more information about public chargers
  • Educate the public about electric vehicles and charging

With these measures, the UK can build a charging network that is fit for purpose and that supports the transition to electric vehicles.

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