So where do I plug my car in then?
THE age of electric car is upon us and the challenge now is where you can plug in to power up.
Charging at home is fine if you have off-street parking. Of course, many of us don’t.
Some local authorities are now putting charging points in lamp posts.
This is a great initiative, but what happens when electric vehicles outnumber those with combustion engines?
For residential developers of apartments, should there be a requirement that charging points are fitted (or can be readily retro-fitted) to every parking space?
The charging issue is a major factor in how much electric vehicles will proliferate.
One of the key deterrents to ownership is ‘range anxiety’.
The Government has allocated funding to support local authorities in their efforts to improve the electric charging infrastructure.
Currently there are over 5,000 locations in the UK that have a public charging point installed and there are over 9,000 devices at these locations, which have over 15,000 connectors.
Although these are impressive statistics, the number of connectors and devices will need to increase significantly to meet the demand from the increasing sales of electric vehicles.
Lengthy charge times is also an issue that needs to be addressed.
Currently, even with Tesla’s superchargers, charging can take 40 minutes.
Without sufficient complimentary parking and charging connectors, customers could face lengthy queues.
In time, battery technology will solve the range and time to charge issues, but an interim solution may be necessary to stimulate demand and encourage the consumer to transfer allegiance to electric vehicles.
There’s certainly a long way to go. John Roberts, Head of Automotive and Roadside, Colliers International