More than half of UK councils spend nothing on EVs, although transition is ‘inevitable’

Electric vehicle infrastructure is vital for transition says expert

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New data shows that 52 percent of councils across the UK spent nothing on electric vehicle chargepoints in the last 12 months. Nearly two thirds of UK councils received complaints about the availability, reliability or number of charging points over the last 12 months.

On average, UK councils received 15 percent less funding from the Government for EV charging infrastructure in the last 12 months compared to the same period in 2020.

Councils in London spent more than double the national average on EV charging in 2021 at around £204,000.

With this increased level of funding, London councils are planning to install 29 new chargers per 100,000 in 2022, compared to the national average of just nine per 100,000 people.

The research, from DevicePilot, found the average cost of a council-bought chargepoint in the UK to be £6,000, although figures range between £350 and £100,000.

Pilgrim Beart, CEO and co-founder of DevicePilot, said: “Universal EV ownership is not a target, it’s an inevitability.

“In the next ten years, more than half the cars on the road will be electric.

“To facilitate this transformation, the UK must install tens of thousands of chargepoints reaching every corner of the country.

“EVs are vital to the UK’s carbon emissions targets, but while some parts of the UK are on schedule to meet greater EV demands, others areas lack the funding to do anything whatsoever.

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“I have a lot of sympathy for councils whose budgets have been stretched to breaking point by the pandemic and budget cuts, but we cannot continue to let the divide between the EV haves and have nots grow further.

“It should be the UK’s short-term goal to ensure everyone in the country can reap the benefits of EVs, not just the privileged few.”

Through their data collection, DevicePilot saw a clear divide between funding for different parts of the UK.

A council in North Wales said: “We have experienced over £100million in budget reductions from central Government since 2010, which is a 50 percent funding cut.”

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