As the ban on the sales of new diesel and petrol cars looms ever closer, motoring experts are reminding of the need to install more charging points across the UK. A recent study by car finance company Carmoola showed that there are around 30,000 chargers across Britain at the moment. This will need to be increased to at least 300,000 by 2035, according to one expert.
Tom Hixon, Head of Instructor Support at Bill Plant Driving School, told Express.co.uk: “According to recent data for the month end August 2022, Greater London accounts for a 32 percent share of UK EV charging points – a stark contrast to the rest of the UK.
“The problem is apparent, and earlier this year the Government committed £1.6billion to expand the UK’s charging network, with 300,000 public chargers expected to be ready by 2030.
“The UK ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will come into effect from 2030, followed by hybrid car sales being completely outlawed from 2035.
“At this moment, it is suggested that the UK will need the 300,000 new charging points in planning at the very least by 2035 to meet the phase-out of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, and more incentives need to be put in place for EV’s to even enter the thinking of much of the general public – and sooner rather than later.”
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The study by Carmoola showed the country has a total of 90,284 charging points – that’s around 242 for every 100 square kilometres of land.
Luxembourg – just three hours south of Eindhoven – came second in the list with 69 points per 100km2.
Other countries where drivers will never be too far away from somewhere to stop and boost their battery are Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany, coming in third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Belgium is home to 45 points for every 100 square kilometres, while Switzerland has a total of 20 for the same area.
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Germany, which boasts the biggest landmass, currently has 17 chargers for every 100 square kilometres.
Austria (15 for every 100km2), Denmark (13), Italy (eight) and Slovenia (six) completed the top ten.
Some 23 countries were listed in the report, with Estonia, Finland and Latvia having the lowest number of chargers per 100 square kilometres.
Latvia and Estonia are the only countries where the average number of points per 100 kilometres square is less than one, 0.65 and 0.89 respectively.
Aidan Rushby, the CEO Carmoola, said: “EV technology is continually improving, which means they are more powerful in terms of speed, acceleration and mileage – perfect for driving in the city as well as longer journeys now.
“But if you still have apprehensions, and want to avoid the airports, we thought we’d pull together the ultimate guide to get you on the road this summer.
“With so many fast chargers all over Europe, you won’t have to wait hours to get back on the road.
“If you’re considering buying an electric vehicle this year, think about the Volkswagen ID.4, with two electric motors you can get from zero to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds.”