Electric charging stations have been boosted in 2019 but still fail to provide for many motorists in rural areas away from major cities. There has been an estimated 28 percent increase in charging stations year-on-year since 2016 but much of this has happened in major UK cities such as London.
Dan Martin, CEO of Elmtronoics told Express.co.uk the charging network has improved but that major investment is still needed across the UK.
He said: “One of the biggest issues Elmtronics has experienced has been the charging infrastructure and access to sufficient rapid and reliable chargers on major motorways.
“The situation is improving but we are a long way from being perfect. We still need major investment into the UK’s publicly accessible chargers.
“Hopefully the investment will come and ease the frustration felt by most long-range electric car drivers.”
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More infrastructure is needed to keep electric car owners happy
Many of the charging stations are based in urban areas such as London
However, electric charging software ZapMap reveals how some rural regions are cut off from new electric charging technology.
Villages around the Yorkshire Dales, parts of Devon and regions of Cambridgeshire are without infrastructure completely with motorists needing to travel several miles to nearby towns to charge up.
There are still over 100 local regions with fewer than ten stations per 100,000 people in concerning statistics for many rural areas.
Before the election, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Your postcode should play no part in how easy it is to use an electric car, and I’m determined electric vehicles become the new normal for drivers.
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Euro Car parts research recently showed 66 percent of road users have been put off purchasing an electric car due to a lack of charging stations across the nation.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has previously claimed there are now more electric charging plugs than petrol stations across the nation and that more investment is just around the corner.
Boris Johnson has pledged all motorists will be within 30 miles of an electric charging point in measures to make Britain ready for electric vehicles.
A total of £500million of spending has been promised by the new Conservative government to expand the road infrastructure network.
“It’s good news there are now more charging locations than petrol stations, but the clear gaps in provision are disappointing. I urge local councils to take advantage of all the government support on offer to help ensure drivers in their area don’t miss out.”
Despite the infrastructure concerns, electric cars have had a bumper year in 2019 as SMMT data revealed a massive 135.6 percent boost in fully-electric sales year-on-year.
Tesla has soared in the UK and was the third most popular vehicle sold in August 2019 to become the first electric car to make it onto the list.
New electric cars have entered the market at a rapid rate as manufacturers switch their traditional gas-guzzling machines for EV alternatives.
Vehicles are now becoming even more affordable with some models priced brand new at just over £20,000.
Electric vehicles can also boast massive benefits such as lower car tax charges, no city congestion charges and lower fuel costs.
The cost of powering a car is around 25 percent of the prices seen at fuel pumps in massive savings for motorists.
Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles told Express.co.uk: “In 2019, we have seen a bumper year of electric vehicle sales, with fewer petrol or diesel cars taking to the roads.
“This has been driven, in part, by the phenomenal Tesla Model 3. Topping the charts in range, safety, performance and usability, drivers are shunning traditional vehicles in favour of this world-class car.”
Applications for a government electric car grant soared in the second quarter of 2019 as a massive 22,448 were made.