A new report from electric vehicle charging consultancy Versinetic details the key barriers facing the UK’s charging network rollout.
The report lists two core barriers to public charger rollout:
- Component shortages: There is a global shortage of electronic components, including semiconductor materials, chips, actives and passives. Shortages make it harder to manufacturer chargers in large volumes, slowing down the supply chain and causing longer lead times on orders.
- Lack of EV expertise: The automotive sector lacks EV expertise on a broad level, with pockets of expertise split across larger departments. There are not enough skilled mechanics and technicians in the industry to facilitate rollout, maintain chargers, and upgrade old chargers.
Versinetic goes on to explore how networks face high pressure as the charging infrastructure expands. In short, the grid can cope with demand, but delivering rapid charging infrastructure is not simple nor easy in many areas.
In November, we also highlighted a report from i News on the lack of direction in the charging network rollout, revealing that current funding measures are inadequate and there is no vision or clarity over what a rollout should look like.
Dunstan Power, Director of Versinetic, echoes this report: “Even with funding and enthusiasm, as part of the EV community, we have a hard job ahead of us, and only through innovation and collaboration, will we overcome these challenges.”
We invite you to download the report in our source link below. The findings are interesting, especially around the EV skills gap, which (in part) explains why many EV chargers don’t work and take forever to get fixed.