Less Than Half of Britain’s Commuter Car Parks Can Charge EVs2 min read
EVs are soaring in popularity these days and charging stations are in high demand. Unfortunately, less than half of Britain’s commuter car parks can even handle charging an EV. Only 44 percent of Britain’s busiest park’n’ride and commuter car parks have any equipment installed to charge electric vehicles, a new survey claims.
Of the 12,000 sample parking spaces in parks visited by paid researchers, less than 1% had a charging cable installed. This is because a majority of commuter car parks were built before the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, so they weren’t designed with them in mind. It’s also because many parking lot owners have been unwilling to make the necessary upgrades to accommodate EV charging stations—even when they’re offered free of charge by companies like Tesla (which is, incidentally, one of the biggest manufacturers of electric vehicles).
Department of Transport statistics published last month on EV chargers now deployed point to just under 35,000 public charging points across the UK, a rise of 8% in the quarter to July. Half of that total, the ministry reckons, are ‘destination’ public chargers including in car parks. 32% are on-street, including in converted lampposts.
In Scotland, 60% of what the study calls “commuter” car parks offer EV chargers, beating 44% in England and 25% in Wales. Commuting is a huge part of that total, the venture claims, with government figures stating the average car was driven 1800 miles last year to and from work.
With only 1% of cars on Britain’s roads now fully electric, and ICE cars still outselling electric ones five to one, according to the latest DVLA statistics, the company says far more needs to be done to encourage motorists to make the switch to electric.
The Electric Car Scheme’s backers quote official statistics that all road transport – including trucks – accounted for 27% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, more than any other sector.
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