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Drivers are being ‘put off’ by lack of electric car charging points

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Analysis suggests that a lack of electric car charging points is discouraging UK drivers from embracing electric cars. 

More than a third of local authorities have ten or fewer locations where drivers can plug in their vehicles, with wide variation across the country.

BBC News reports that the RAC said that the ‘poor’ network was one of the main deterrents for consumers considering a swap to electric cars and that the government said it plans to expand on the current infrastructure.

Out of 385 authorities, only three had 100 or more charging locations. Milton Keynes was found to be leading the way with 138, followed by Westminster with 131 and Cornwall with 115, according to BBC News.

Overall, two thirds of local authorities were found to have 20 or fewer and only one charging location was identified in Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, North Dorset and Hinckley and Bosworth in the dataset.

BBC News states that The Department for Transport says 80% of charging is done at home, but for drivers who do not have access to off-street parking access to charging points is essential.

PTV UK recently announced new contracts including one to undertake innovative research in transport electrification. The Charge Project will examine the best way to facilitate the increase in demand on the electricity network through the growth in uptake of electric vehicles. PTV’s role will be to deploy a transport model in integration with an electricity network model to help the electricity Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) in the UK identify optimal electrical vehicle charging locations that can be installed where and when they are needed.


See PTV’S announcement from Traffex 2019 here: 


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