Trying to find an electric car charger will be harder in 2031 than it is today — here’s why

Finding an electric car charger will be 98 percent more difficult in 2031 than it is today, according to a new report.

Despite the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, it is believed the UK infrastructure will struggle to accommodate electric vehicles.

EV chargers will be harder to come by in 10 years


EV chargers will be harder to come by in 10 years

Last year there were 266 electric vehicles (EVs) at each public charging station in the UK, but a study by GoCompare Car Insurance says this will rise to 527 cars per charging station by 2031.

This means that charger availability will be almost halved compared to 2021.

The reason for this is that the number of new charging stations will not be fast enough to keep up with the spread of electric vehicles in the next decade.

Despite further charger installations, the number of EVs purchased will outweigh the rate of new chargers.

As a result, there will be a worse ratio of chargers to EVs, making it much more difficult to find a place to charge.

The search for a charger is likely to be particularly bad in large parts of the south.

In fact, Luton will only have one charger for every 10,956 cars – the worst forecast ratio of EVs per fast charger in the UK.

West Berkshire will have similarly poor availability, as each charger has to be shared by 10,222 drivers.

Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder and COO of Zap-Map (the UK’s leading charging app for EV drivers), said that while significant investment has been made in charging infrastructure, there is still work to be done.

She said: “We are seeing significant investment on this front from the private sector, with companies such as GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, InstaVolt, MFG EV Power and Osprey in the process of deploying hundreds of high capacity charging stations up and down the country.

“However, there is still a lot more that can be done, particularly in areas like Wales and Northern Ireland, not to mention relieving congestion on major roads and motorways.”

The Dorset and Scotland regions are among the best places to own an electric vehicle in 2031.

Unlike Luton, Dorset will have one charger for every 16 cars available to EV drivers, making this the best place in the country to charge EVs.

However, many of the best places for charger availability will be in England’s northern neighbour.

Eight of the top ten locations for charger availability will be in Scotland, making it one of the best places in the UK to own an electric vehicle.

The Highlands and Scottish Borders will have charger-to-EV ratios of 19:1 and 30:1, respectively, while the city of Edinburgh will have a charger-to-EV ratio of 43.

Stirling, North Lanarkshire and Dundee City also make the top 10, along with Moray and Angus.

Ryan Fulthorpe, auto insurance expert at GoCompare, said: “It’s great that so many drivers will switch to electric over the 10 years, as it means they are well prepared for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles .

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“However, this means added pressure to increase the number of new charger installations, because if the current pace continues, there simply won’t be enough charging points to power the country’s EV drivers.

“An additional focus on ultra-fast chargers would also help alleviate this pressure as they would significantly reduce the turnaround time for charging vehicles. As a result, the chargers would be occupied for less time and more available for others, meaning fewer new chargers would be needed.” Trying to find an electric car charger will be harder in 2031 than it is today — here’s why


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