The latest DfT (Department for Transport) figures show that 8,680 public chargers were installed in the UK in 2022 against 267,000 EV sales.
This represents a significant shortfall in charging infrastructure in comparison with the rapid growth of EV sales in the UK.
The lack of public chargers is a major barrier to EV adoption, with consumers concerned about their ability to access charging points when out and about. This is particularly true for those living in rural areas, where access to public chargers is often limited or non-existent.
To address this issue, the government has committed to investing £1.3 billion in charging infrastructure by 2030.
This includes funding for a new national network of ultra-fast and rapid chargers, as well as grant funding to help local authorities and businesses install chargers in their area.
Despite these efforts, the current state of EV charging infrastructure in the UK is still far behind where it needs to be to support the growth of electric vehicles. Until more public chargers are installed, electric vehicles won’t appeal to the masses.
One of the most significant issues with public charger installations is the planning application process. Local authorities should create a “one-stop shop” for the application process, allowing installers to submit all the necessary forms in one place.
Other measures that could help to accelerate the rollout of EV infrastructure include providing tax incentives for businesses installing public chargers, as well as providing grant funding to local authorities to help them with the cost of installing charge points.
Ultimately, the UK needs to invest more quickly in EV charging infrastructure if it is to meet its electric vehicle targets.