Growing UK demand for electric vehicles creates a surge in recharge points
As more of us become concerned with the emissions we create and the effect this has on the planet, there’s been an increased demand for electric cars. But is charging your electric vehicle going to be a problem?
How easy is it to charge your EV?
According to government statistics, there was 22,790 electric vehicle charging points available to the public as of 1st April 2021. 4,259 of these charging points were rapid chargers designed to speed up the process of re-energising your electric vehicle.
However, it can take between 30 minutes to 12 hours to charge an electric vehicle. This depends on the battery size and speed of the charging point. On average, for a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery to charge via a 7kW charging point, it would take around 8 hours to charge it from completely empty to full.
This time might be ok for those who are able to charge at home, but if you’re out and about it might be more of a struggle.
What is useful is that electric cars will have long battery warranties, meaning that you won’t need to replace the battery or begin to notice a decrease in charging capacity for at least 8 years.
EV’s are becoming a highly popular option instead of your typical standard petrol or diesel fuelled car, but they still require maintenance as any other vehicle would. It’s important to keep on top of caring for your car and regularly book in for your MOT online to ensure everything is running as smoothly as it can be and you’re getting the most out of your electric vehicle.
How popular are EV’s?
As of 2021 more than 515,000 electric vehicles were on the roads in the UK. Last year saw the largest increase in electronic cars on the roads in the past 12 months at a growth rate of 66%.
The most popular electronic vehicle currently on the roads is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is then followed by the popular plug-in vehicle, the Nissan Leaf. The third most popular being the BMW 330e.
Where are the most EV charging points located?
The majority of electronic vehicle charging points are in London, compared to other areas in the country. London is aiming to tackle it’s emissions by being at the forefront of the zero-emission revolution by encouraging its occupants to use electronic vehicles and recharge them right in the city with ease. In fact, Westminster has recently installed 1000 EV charging points throughout the area.