Chaos as electric car drivers forced to wait for hours to charge

Drivers have been hit with traffic issues and delays in the days leading up to Christmas, with industrial action, adverse weather conditions and motorway delays. Many would have hoped that the rest of the festive break would be calmer, with fewer drivers out on the road, with the cost of living crisis having an effect.

However, electric car owners have vented their frustrations at having to wait to use public charging stations, bemoaning the lack of rapid and ultra-rapid devices available.

At the end of November 2022, there were 36,752 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 21,906 charging locations. 

This represents a 33 percent increase in the number of charging devices since November 2021, according to data from Zap-Map.

There are estimated to be around 6,712 rapid and ultra-rapid charging devices, across 3,916 rapid and ultra-rapid charging locations in the UK.

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This is more than other popular charge point operators including Instavolt (903), bp pulse (836), ChargePlace Scotland (597) and Pod Point (388).

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the UK’s rollout of EV chargepoints had stalled, the RAC reported.

In fact, the Government has fallen well short of its initial target for new EV installations.

To catch up with its target, the Government will need to ramp up monthly installations by over 350 percent.

Following the revelation, the Department for Transport plans to install more than 300,000 devices by the end of the decade.

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