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Charging Point Availability Lagging Behind EV Sales, SMMT Says

A study by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has indicated that EV charging point installations are failing to keep up with the rising demand for the vehicles themselves.

According to the organisation, the ratio of charging points to EVs fell by 31% in 2020; at the end of 2019, there were 11 vehicles to one charger on average, while in 2020 there were 16 vehicles to every charging point.

This situation isn’t likely to improve any time soon, as one in six new cars registered in 2021 were electric - a proportion that’s likely to increase sharply in the run up to the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles.

The SMMT’s analysis also revealed the most EV-friendly (and unfriendly) areas of the UK. Perhaps unsurprisingly, London took the joint top spot, with just ten cars per charging point - a figure matched by the North East. Wales fared well too (12:1), with Northern Ireland and Scotland following closely behind (17:1).

The worst-performing areas in terms of charging point availability, the North West and East of England, were found to have 49 cars to every charging point.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented: “Appetite for electric vehicles has never been higher, but making Britain a net zero nation means convincing everyone, wherever they live, that an electric car can meet their needs. Those who can’t have their own home charge point need the confidence that they can still charge as conveniently as they can refuel. A deteriorating ratio of public charge points to cars will drain that confidence.

“Recent Government funding for infrastructure was welcome but more private sector investment in public charge points is needed across the country. The UK therefore needs a framework of regulation that makes it easier to fund, build and operate electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Consequently we need commensurate and binding targets for charge point rollout and reliability so that all those without a driveway or designated parking can be confident of finding a convenient charger, and one that works.

“Decarbonising road transport is essential if we are to address climate change but it needs a framework that compels all sectors to match the investment already being made by automotive to help consumers decarbonise their lives.”

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