EV Charger Availability Will Decline In Next Ten Years

Tue 29th Nov 2022

While the government may claim that it is fantastic news that many drivers are switching to greener electric vehicles, there is a major downside on the horizon, a lack of available chargers to power them up.

A study from one of the UK’s biggest price comparison websites estimates that in 2031, charging an electric vehicle will be 98 percent more difficult than it is today.

The report released by GoCompare shows that the proportion of electric vehicles will get worse rather than better over the next 10 years. The study also identified the best and worst places to own an EV over the next decade.

Experts foresee that the number of electric cars will nearly double in the near future, but the charging network will not be able to keep up.

Despite the ever closer 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales, the news on the charging network is not great, there were 266 electric vehicles per public charger in the UK last year, but this will rise to 527 cars by 2031.

The reduction in charger availability from 2021 to 2050 will be almost half of what it was in 2021.

The main reason for this is that the rate of new charger installations won’t be fast enough to keep up with the uptake of EVs over the next decade.

Even though there are more charging units being installed, the purchase of EVs will outnumber them.

Finding a charger could be especially difficult in certain regions of south England.

In Luton, there will be just one rapid charger for every 10,956 cars - the worst ratio of EVs per rapid charger in the UK.

There will be a similar poor level of availability in West Berkshire, as each charger will need to be shared by 10,222 drivers.“It’s great that so many drivers will make the switch to electric over the 10 years, as this means they’ll be well prepared for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles,” said Ryan Fulthorpe at GoCompare. “However, this means there’s added pressure to improve the rate of new charger installations, as if the current pace continues, there simply won’t be enough charging points to power the nation’s EV drivers.

“An added focus on ultra-rapid chargers would also help to alleviate this pressure, as these would make the turnaround time for charging vehicles much quicker. As a result, chargers would be occupied for less time and more available for others to use, meaning fewer new chargers would be necessary.

In 2031, owning an EV will be one of the best choices in Dorset and Scottish regions.

Dorset will have one charging station for every 16 cars, making it the nation's best location for charging electric vehicles.

Though, the best locations for chargers will be found in England's northern neighbour.

Scotland will house eight of the top 10 spots for charging station availability, making it one of the most favourable places in the UK to own an electric vehicle.