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Electric vehicle charging ‘black hole’?

The UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is likely to creak under demand as there are only 12 rapid electric vehicle chargers in each local council area, fewer than seven for every 100,000 people in the UK, or one charger for every 15,000 people. So says new research from UK100, the network of mayors and local leaders.

Currently, the UK has 24,374 public charging points, but will need around 325,000 points in just over a decade in order to meet the demand, suggests the report. UK100 analysis shows that at the current rate of growth, there will be around 77,000 chargers by 2032, a shortfall of nearly a quarter of a million.

Around 18mn battery and plug-in hybrid EVs will be on the road when the ban on the sale of new internal combustion vehicles is introduced in 2030. UK100 researchers found that 136 local authorities have five or fewer rapid chargers which are accessible to the public. The group is calling for local authorities to be given greater funding and powers to force energy companies to install electric vehicle charging points. 
UK100 says that the vast majority of EV chargers are in London (7,489 chargers) – which has eight times as many per person than the North East (887). Of the top ten areas with the most public charging points, only three are outside London – Milton Keynes, Coventry and Brighton & Hove.

Transport is now the highest emitting sector of the UK economy, accounting for 22% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Cars comprise 13% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, vans 4% and HGVs 4%.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on 22 November new legislation under which new homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year. Up to 145,000 extra charge points will be installed across England each year, in the run up to 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK, says the government.

Meanwhile, the West Midlands has been handed £1bn in funding to expand the region’s tram, train, bus and cycle networks. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) secured the money from the government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement fund.

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Journal title: Energy World

Countries: UK -

Subjects: Electric vehicles,

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