The findings from a study into UK consumers and pure electric vehicles, by Euro Car Parts analysed the ten most congested cities plus London. The study assessed factors such as population, the number of public charging points and their relative increase, in order to assess the nation's readiness to shift to Electric Vehicles by the government deadline of 2035.
The report warns Brits seem sceptical of the transition, in large part due to the perceived low number of charging ports across the country – although the UK is expected to have 322 charging stations per 10,000 low emission vehicles by 2034 according to the government. Whilst distance per charge still acts as a deterrent for 47% of British motorists.
Chris Barella, Digital Services Director at Euro Car Parts, said:
“It’s interesting to see that while figures suggest the government are on track to hit their low emission vehicle target, perhaps even earlier than anticipated, the nation’s views and attitudes towards alternative fuel vehicles, means we still have a long way to go.
“It seems the biggest concern is the number of charging points and it’s understandable why. If the year-on-year figures are anything to go by, we simply won’t be equipped to supply the demand, however, it’s encouraging the government is increasing its funding for charging points in residential areas. Hopefully seeing more around the country will inspire the nation’s drivers to make the switch and help us to achieve the initiative as early as predicted.”