Thinking of making the switch to an EV then you need to read this!
The best thing about driving an electric car is the environmental benefits. As the world moves towards greener alternatives, electric vehicles (EVs) have become an increasingly popular option and you can understand why: A 2018 report (NEW CAR CO 2 REPORT 2018 THE 17, n.d.) found that petrol vehicles produced the highest level of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at 125g per kilometre, while diesel vehicles emitted 122g per kilometer.
Battery electric vehicles in comparison produced zero CO2 tailpipe emissions. Couple this with the UK Government’s plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and you can see why there has been an acceleration in the adoption of EVs.
However, for EVs to truly replace fossil-fuel-powered cars, the infrastructure to support them has to get better and whilst infrastructure for EVs in the UK is improving, it still needs significant development.
The Department for Transport’s “Electric vehicle charging device statistics: January 2023”, shows that as of 1 January 2023, there were approximately 37,055 public charging points across the UK, with a mix of slow, fast, and rapid chargers. Out of this 19% are rapid and 57% were rated fast chargers.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggests 2.3 million charging points will be needed in the UK by 2030 to keep up with predicted demand, including increasing the number of charging points in residential areas, workplaces, and public spaces. The Government could help by incentivising the installation of charging points by offering grants and tax breaks to businesses.
As the infrastructure for EVs improves, it will become easier to make the switch. This, in turn, will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The future of transportation is electric, and the UK has the potential to lead the “charge”. Let us work towards making EVs more accessible and convenient for everyone.