Currently reading: UK's shortage of on-street EV charging highlighted in new study
Charge point maker Andersen releases analysis showing best and worst areas in UK for on-street charging
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2 June 2020

The UK's electric car drivers face a postcode lottery when it comes to using on-street charging infrastructure, data has revealed.

An analysis undertaken by British home charge point manufacturer Andersen, looking at data from Zap Map and plug-in cars registered by region, shows a huge variance in availability of on-street (residential) charging points depending on where you live.

Unsurprisingly, London tops the chart for availability of on-road chargers, with an average of 10 plug-in cars per charge point and 78% of all on-street chargers in the UK. However, availability varies wildly between boroughs: areas such as Wandworth and Westminster are well served, but the study finds there are 237 registered plug-in cars per charger in Redbridge.

Next is the North West of England, where one charge point serves 70 cars, with Northern Ireland in third place with 90 cars per charger.

While Scotland fairs well, with one charger per 110 plug-in cars, Wales offers one charger per 456 cars. However, the worst region by far is the South West of England, where one charger has to serve 1448 plug-in cars. Yorkshire and The Humber doesn't fair much better and the East Midlands takes the third-worst spot.

While these figures don't directly demonstrate demand for on-street chargers, with varying numbers of EVs per region and 80% of EV owners charging at home, they do illustrate the problems facing the one third of UK homeowners who don't have a driveway or garage to charge their EV or PHEV. While only 1 in 6 rural homes don't have this luxury, that figure rises to 60% in some major towns and cities.

On street chargers, as opposed to charging stations located at motorway services or hubs, make up a quarter of the country's charging infrastructure.

In January, the Department for Transport announced it would double its funding of EV chargers to £10 million, with a focus on residential chargers, in efforts to boost take-up of EVs in urban areas.

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speculatrix 3 June 2020

Tried to get my workplace interested but failed

I did everything to make it easy for the managed office owners to install an ev charger, I found the specific people at BP chargemaster to arrange installation, and told them all about the OLEV grants. Literally all they had to do was pick up the phone and pay about a grand for a charge point with billing feature, with the OLEV grant adding a couple of thousand.
They basically shrugged it off as pointless. If that's the typical attitude of many office managers then it's not surprising there's a dearth of workplace charging.
Citytiger 3 June 2020

speculatrix wrote:

speculatrix wrote:

I did everything to make it easy for the managed office owners to install an ev charger, I found the specific people at BP chargemaster to arrange installation, and told them all about the OLEV grants. Literally all they had to do was pick up the phone and pay about a grand for a charge point with billing feature, with the OLEV grant adding a couple of thousand. They basically shrugged it off as pointless. If that's the typical attitude of many office managers then it's not surprising there's a dearth of workplace charging.

Not everyone works in an office.. Not everyone even has a dedicated works car park. and not everyone drives a company car. 

Citytiger 2 June 2020

No Shit Sherlock

I cant believe they need to carry out a study to realise there was a shortage of charging points in the UK, as superstevie points out many people in the UK dont have access to offstreet parking or even a guaranteed parking space outside their homes, and they also dont have the option of charging a vehicle at work, and thats something that is never going to change, many older towns and cities have narrow cobbled streets, with no room to even install charging points, if the council would even grant planning permission. 

A total reliance on pure EV power is never going to work. 

superstevie 2 June 2020

Id like an electric car,

Id like an electric car, living in a city centre (Edinburgh), but like most people here, I love in a flat. While I'm fortunate andmhabe off street residential parking, there are no chargers anywhere near me

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