Electric charging stations are lagging behind demand in popular areas such as car parks in a blow for motorists. The data revealed just 22 percent of car parks across the UK had at least one charging point, with an average of 0.94 points per shopping centre.
Data from the JLL Shopping Centre Car Parks report reveals this has increased from 0.89 in 2017 but has only grown minimally despite the dramatic rise in interest.
Paul Gallagher, automotive consultant at JLL, commented: “Electric vehicle charging points have increased marginally from last year.
“However, given the continuing year on year growth of electric vehicles as a proportion of total vehicles, consideration should be given to installing charging infrastructure to support demand.
“This can help bring in extra revenue, improve the companies’ CSR, and increase dwell time as well as attract new customers.”
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The report shows there is not enough chargers for demand
Urban areas have more electric charging stations
Electric cars soared in 2019 with SMMT data revealing fully-electric models saw a 144 percent increase compared to the previous year.
However, despite the sales increase electric cars only make up two percent of the total UK car market.
The battle to secure widespread electric car infrastructure is seen as one of the biggest hurdles for many motorists and is a barrier for many to make a purchase.
A recent analysis revealed urban areas such as London have more available charging stations than rural locations.
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Data from Moneybarn shows Scotland and the North East are also well prepared for an electric takeover with less than four vehicles for every electric charging station in the region.
Yesterday, the Department for Transport announced they had increased funding for on-street electric charging stations to improve infrastructure across the nation.
Funding has increased to £10million in the second founding increase. The new cash injection will be spent on an extra 3,600 streetside chargers.
The Government claims to have helped install over 24,000 charging stations across the UK with over 2,400 of these able to charge cars in just 30 to 40 minutes.
Data from breakdown provider AA shows eight out of 10 motorists are concerned about the availability of public electric charging stations.
AA head of roads policy, jack Cousins said: “This will be especially helpful to those who have no allocated parking space at home.
“As the nation accelerates towards EV ownership, the look and feel of residential streets will need to change so drivers have the option to charge at home.
“Making the charging experience as easy and simple as possible will only help the uptake of electric cars and drive the country towards half of new sales being ultra-low emission by 2030.”
The increase in funding comes after Boris Johnson promised to boost electric car infrastructure in his manifesto.
The Prime Minister claimed no motorists would ever be more than 30 miles away from an electric car charger in a bid to increase takeup of the technology.
Range anxiety is one of the largest issues facing the electric car market as motorists are concerned their car could breakdown with nowhere to charge the vehicle.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dan Martin, CEO of Elmtronics 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.”