EV public charging not growing fast enough, EO says
11 February 2021
Author: Sam Phillips
New research has revealed that the number of public EV charge points in the UK increased by just 26% over the past 12 months, compared with a 186% rise in sales of EVs in 2020.
Data produced by EO Charging revealed that 4,270 public charging points have been installed in the last 12 months, resulting in a 26% increase.
In 2020, sales for electric cars grew from 1.6% of the market in 2019 to 6.6% of the market in 2020, a 186% year-on-year rise.
EO says public charging infrastructure is not being implemented fast enough to cope with the surge in demand.
Charlie Jardine, CEO and founder of EO, said: "While the best scenario for EV drivers is to be able to charge at home or at work, this is not always possible.
"It is vital that we develop an extensive and reliable public charging network both for private and business road users. Without it, we risk putting people off EVs when the ball is just starting to roll."
EO, which is focused on business fleets rather than consumer vehicles, says that there is much greater progress being made in the business fleet sector, which accounts for 59% of vehicles on UK roads.
Companies with large business fleets such as DPD, Amazon and Hermes are heavily investing in electric vehicles.
Data released from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that electric van sales were up by 64% in 2020 compared to 2019.