Drivers see rapid charging as key EV incentive, Venson finds
23 March 2021
Author: Sean Keywood
More than two-thirds of drivers would be more likely to switch to an EV if they knew they could conduct a 30-minute charge at an electric forecourt, rather than charging at home, according to a survey by Venson Automotive Solutions.
The company says it carried out the research following the opening of the first bespoke Gridserve charging forecourt in Essex late last year.
As well as the 68% who wanted rapid charging forecourts, 63% of drivers surveyed said they would like to see more investment in public charging points generally.
In addition, one-in-four said they would like the UK Government to bring in legislation encouraging businesses to move to fully electric company cars and commercial vehicles within the next five years.
Venson marketing director Alison Bell said the Gridserve facility was a glimpse into the future of sustainable travel.
She said: "Alongside convenience stores, high-tech play areas and exercise bikes for visitors to enjoy, the new latest forecourt features comfortable 'office pods' to allow company car drivers to stay connected, have meetings and generally avoid down time while their vehicle charges.
"The expansion of the UK's national charging network, ever-improving battery performance and the falling cost of EVs are helping to make the technology an increasingly popular choice for fleets."