Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular as petrol-powered cars become less popular due to their environmental footprint.
However, while the UK EV market is growing rapidly, the infrastructure needed to charge these vehicles is not keeping up.
The latest DfT figures show a significant shortfall in public EV chargers, threatening the UK’s utopic vision of electric mobility.
This lack of charging infrastructure is a major obstacle to further adoption of electric vehicles, making it difficult for many potential buyers to make the switch from traditional vehicles to electric.
The primary problem with the current charging infrastructure is the lack of public charging stations.
While there have been some initiatives to improve the availability of charging infrastructure, most of these have been limited to major cities.
Outside of these areas, charging stations are few and far between, making it difficult for EV owners to find a reliable source of power.
Additionally, many public charging stations are relatively slow to charge (under 50kW), making it difficult for drivers to get the range they need without finding a very expensive rapid charger or investing in expensive home charging systems.
Another issue with the current charging infrastructure is that it is not designed to support the growing number of EVs on the roads.
Some charging stations are limited to a single type of connector, meaning that EVs with different types of plugs have difficulty finding a station that will fit their vehicle.
This is a major inconvenience for EV owners, as they must search for a compatible charging station or carry adapters and cables to be able to use a different type of charger.
The lack of investment in charging infrastructure is also to blame for the slow growth of the EV market, leaving many potential EV owners without the necessary infrastructure to make the switch.
Finally, the cost of installing and maintaining charging infrastructure is high and this has also limited the growth of the EV market.
Charging stations must be installed by certified technicians and require regular maintenance and repair, leading to high costs that are often passed on to EV owners. This increases the overall cost of owning an EV, making it less attractive to potential buyers.