The UK is facing a crisis when it comes to providing enough chargers for the huge influx of electric vehicles on the nation’s roads. There are 1.1million more EVs registered in the UK than five years ago, but in that time only 23,000 more chargers have been installed.
A report by electric car subscription service Elmo revealed the readiness of several countries for the EV revolution and found some shocking statistics.
There has been a 26,000 percent increase globally in ULEV vehicle registrations since 2010.
April has seen the biggest increase in global sales of EVs in the last 3 years at a 247 percent increase from 175,000 in 2019 to 400,000 in 2021.
And while the number of chargers in the UK is still woefully inadequate, the amount of public charging devices has increased by 36.5 percent in 2022.
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It came as average petrol prices reached a new high of 185.4p a litre on Monday, up 6.9p in a week, according to data firm Experian.
Transport minister Trudy Harrison said they wanted to use the grant cash for other vehicles, “from taxis to vans…to help make the switch to zero emission travel cheaper and easier”.
But AA chief Edmund King said: “Drivers, and indeed many fleets, planning to make the switch to EV, may now back out until they can find more cash.”
The RAC’s Nicholas Lyes said the group was also disappointed.