While everyone realises the need for electric vehicles there has always been questions about how the infrastructure to support them will be created and paid for. Now a new report suggests the Uk will need three million electric car charge points by 2040 to support widespread use of electric vehicles (EVs).
The report by Aurora Energy Research says work places, supermarket car parks and motorway service stations are among the areas which will have to provide EV facilities. This is because only around 60% of households having access to private parking.
This would represent a “huge expansion” of EV infrastructure. To put things into context there are only around 14,000 public charging points across the UK at the moment.
Aurora based its analysis on the number of EVs on the road reaching 35 million by 2040.
There’s money to be made
The report found that landowners can make a profit from the charge points if motorists pay for the electricity they use.
Adding technology such as solar panels, energy storage or enabling EVs to supply electricity back to the grid when it is in high demand will support lower consumer prices for electricity, according to the report.
Aurora’s head of flexible energy and battery storage Dr Felix Chow-Kambitsch said the roll-out of EVs over the next 20 years would “radically transform Great Britain’s energy system”.
He added that commercial and industrial sites had a “key role to play in meeting high levels of consumer away-from-home EV charging”.
A previous study for motoring research charity the RAC Foundation found that growth in EV car use could be stalled by limitations in the public charging network.
The mass market appeal of ultra-green vehicles may be restricted without widespread, reliable and easy-to-use charging points, the report warned. We’ve previously discussed plans for mobile electric car charge points. These devices will help ease the load as the permanent infrastructure is put in place.
But hang on…
It was recently announced Government grants for new electric and hybrid cars will be slashed.
Motoring groups claimed the decision will leave the UK struggling to meet targets to reduce vehicle emissions.