The public rightly has some reservations when it comes to electric vehicles, or at least they used to. As with any new technology, it takes time for the public to get up to speed with all the advantages that this type of technology can bring, and in any case, more often than not there are some kinks that have to be ironed out before the technology has truly reached its full potential.
When it comes to electric vehicles, the three main concerns have historically been the performance of the vehicle, the cost, and the time required to charge the car. In recent years, we’ve seen massive strides forward that have helped to alleviate these concerns.
Let’s think about electric vehicle chargers, for instance. There’s no doubt that the majority of EV owners will rely on the power outlets of their home or their work for the majority of their power. However, there will be times when they’re in a public space and realise that they need a top-up of power. It’s this anxiety that can put people off from buying an electric vehicle in the first place. The good news is that we’ve seen a rapid increase in public EV charging spots around the UK. And these aren’t just any old chargers: they’re Rapid EV chargers, which are capable of charging a battery much quicker than traditional chargers. These chargers are capable of topping up a battery to 80% full in around twenty minutes for certain models, though most fall in the 45 minutes to one-hour region. Still, that’s a fast time: about the same amount of time you’d need to have a good lunch, for example.
In the past five years, we’ve seen installations of Rapid EV chargers increase by some 363 per cent. That means that there are, now, some 3,200 rapid chargers up and down the country. The total number of all EV chargers is 18,200. One barrier that will have to be overcome is the distribution of the electric car chargers. There are some corners of the UK that are well represented; others where there are barely any. There are 27 chargers per 100,000 people across the UK, but London is disproportionately represented, with 57 chargers per 100,000 people. Other parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and underrepresented; they have only around 16-17 chargers per 100,000 people.
Still, this is a problem that the nation is well on the way to addressing. We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of chargers in public spaces in recent years, but it’s not as if we’re done yet. In the future, there’ll be even more.
If you’re in the market for an electric vehicle, then check out the range available from Bridgend Motor Group. We’ve got a history of providing quality new and used cars to the public that dates all the way back to 1930. If you’re in the Ayrshire region, then be sure to get in touch!