How Easy Is It To Charge An EV?

Wed 2nd Dec 2020

A key market study has suggested that consumers won’t embrace the EV revolution until they can be confident that they can easily charge their car.

The research by the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) is set to launch a major investigation into the primary concerns that consumers have over purchasing an electric car. The governmental department oversees business competition and aims to prevent anti-competitive activities, will pay particular attention to the network of charge points in the UK. Recent reports suggest that the infrastructure is not growing at a pace to meet the anticipated demand over the next decade.

There were 1,500 points less than 10 years ago, compared to 20,000 in 2020, however the majority of those points are in main urban areas, with the City of London having 370.3 chargers per 100,000 people, compared to some other areas of he country, such as Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria which has just 4.5 chargers per 100,000.

“Making the switch to electric vehicles is key to helping the UK become greener, which is why it’s so important that everyone has the confidence to get behind the move,” said Dr Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the the CMA

“Being able to easily stop off at a petrol station is a standard part of a journey and consumers must trust that electric charge points will provide a similarly straightforward service.

“By getting involved early as electric vehicles and charge points are still developing, the CMA can make sure consumers are treated fairly now and in the future.”