The UK’s current network of public chargers is inefficient and does not properly meet the needs of ev drivers.
A few chargers located on the road-side or tucked away in a car park is not the long-term solution and will not be sufficient to service the mass adoption of ev’s.
Many chargers are in inconvenient locations and the network contains many faulty or obsolete charge points, with as many as 50% of chargers not working at any given time due to lack of maintenance or vandalism.
A lack of policing means ev drivers often arrive at a charge point only to find it is blocked by an overstaying charger or even a non-electric vehicle using the bay simply as a parking space.
“A major annoyance is when you arrive and all the chargers are in use. I shouldn't have to worry about the charger being down, or blocked by someone else.”
An ev driver
Roadside chargers create a potential danger to pedestrians and other road users.
Trailing charging cables across pavements and kerbs create a significant ‘trip hazard’, particularly for visually impaired people, the elderly and young children and possibly even cyclists.
Who would be held responsible if someone was seriously injured, or worse, tripping over a trailing cable – the vehicle owner, the charging post owner, the local authority?
With the predicted exponential growth in the ev market over the next decade, Britain requires a comprehensive and efficient solution to ev charging that properly meets the needs of ev drivers and is inherently safe for all.