Expanding the UK’s EV Charging Infrastructure
The UK market for electric vehicles (EV) has been just at the brink of a breakthrough for years now. All it needs is a little push for electric cars to become viable for the majority of vehicle owners. And expanding the national EV charging infrastructure might just provide this push.
Green Recovery – The UK government plans to ban the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2030, the sale of full and plug-in hybrids will be prohibited by 2035. Further, the 10-point plan also includes a £1.3 billion increase in investment for the UK’s charging infrastructure.
Market Development – More and more people are opting for electric vehicles. Manufacturers are very aware of the fact that EV charging networks need to be expanded to provide a convenient user experience.
Home Charging – Despite large investments, the commercial EV infrastructure will take years to fully develop. Because of this, home– or workplace charging are viable alternatives for businesses and private individuals alike.
The Public EV Charger Infrastructure
Devices, Connectors, Locations
- Devices are the equipment that is set into the ground or wall, such as charging piles or wall chargers
- Connectors are the cables that connect your car to a device
- Locations are the places where devices are installed, such as gas stations or car parks
As of 2021, there are over 15.500 locations to charge an electric vehicle in the UK – almost twice the number of petrol stations. The issue is the time it takes to top up an EV battery. Compared with a regular trip to the petrol station, which only takes a few minutes, charging an electric car can take hours.
This is why many newly installed commercial charging devices provide rapid charging, which can charge 80% of an EV battery in under 30 minutes, speeding up the process significantly.
According to a study by Field Dynamics and Zap Map, 90% on-street households (households without parking spaces suitable for EV charging) are not within walking distance of a public charging point.
This shows that public charging infrastructure is still lacking, especially outside urban areas. Around 8 million of the UK’s on-street households will be reliant on public charging infrastructure.
To prepare for the increase in demand, regional authorities and private investors alike should think about smart investments in rapid charging devices.
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The Alternative: Private Home Chargers
Since the bulk of public charging devices is made up of fast chargers, which are significantly slower than rapid chargers, many still choose to charge their EV’s at home.
This is because home chargers allow for overnight charging, effectively rendering charging speed irrelevant. EV charging at home is cheaper as well.
With electric vehicle sales increasing rapidly, the market for home chargers is expected to skyrocket in a similar fashion.
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EV Charging Infrastructure Forecast
As can be seen from relevant market research, the number of public charging stations is projected to increase by leaps and bounds globally. As electric vehicle charging infrastructure expands and EV technology advances, more consumers will opt for electric cars, which in turn will increase demand for charging equipment.
But according to a government report, there are certain issues that might consist even as the public charging infrastructure expands. These include the risk for “charging deserts,” public chargers that are difficult to operate for less “tech-savvy” customers, and missing trust due to the unreliability of many current devices.
However, these issues might just turn out to be blessings in disguise for smart investors. Offering a charging opportunity to plug a hole in the network is one way to capitalize. Offering a simple customer experience is another. And building trust early by investing in reliable, high-quality equipment is certainly a no-brainer!
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