Millions of EV drivers could be left behind over ‘forgotten’ rapid charger investment

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Earlier this month, the Government confirmed that electric vehicle charging points will be included in all new-build properties in England. The new legislation will apply to both homes and offices, as they try to keep up with the demand for electric vehicle infrastructure.

Recent research by insurance comparison site GoCompare has found that by the end of 2021, the nation will be home to an estimated 952,260 registered EVs.

This is set to increase to 3.8 million by 2031.

Despite this, a study from the Competition and Markets Authority revealed that over a quarter of UK drivers do not have access to off-street parking.

Because of this, they may be forced to rely on public charging points.

The report stated that there must be “a significant scaling up” of on-street charging between now and 2030.

So far, there are only 5,700 on-street charge points, and of these only 1,000 are outside of London.

GoCompare’s research shows that those who will be relying on public charge points may have trouble accessing one in the future.

They predict that there will be a ratio of 197 electric cars per rapid charger in 2030, which is only a slight increase from the current ratio of 205 EVs per rapid charger.

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Ryan Fulthorpe, motoring expert at GoCompare, praised the uptake of EVs but cautioned the charging infrastructure.

He said: “It’s great to see that more people will be buying EVs over the next ten years, but significant infrastructure improvements will be needed to support the increased uptake.

“Our research highlights that those without access to driveway parking are going to find it much more difficult to charge their car, due to the lack of availability.

“More investment is needed in public rapid charge points, an area which seems to have been forgotten.

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