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Motorists question EVs after driver fined for waiting to charge his car on motorway


Several drivers across the UK have claimed that they do not plan on switching to an EV anytime soon after a driver received a £100 fine for waiting to charge his car after all the available chargers were occupied by fellow motorists.

Last week, Express.co.uk reported that Richard Stewart, 64, was handed a £100 fine after he waited in a queue to charge his Jaguar I-PACE.

The pest control company boss waited for almost an hour to charge his vehicle as all the available chargers were being used.

Mr Stewart told The Sun that he chose to wait because he was picking up his wife, who is a key worker, from a nearby hospital after she supervised a specialist clinic.

After returning from a coffee break, which lasted for 50 minutes due to the unavailability of chargers, the 64-year-old finally plugged his car in.

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And now, hundreds of Express.co.uk users have taken to the comments section to express their uncertainty over EVs.

One user named WGC commented sarcastically: “I know how he feels, my similar ordeal was getting to a petrol station and having to wait two minutes for some chap in front to fill up his car, to top it all off it took a further two minutes to fill up mine.

“This was a significant delay to my journey and suspect I’ll have a similar ordeal in 450 miles time!”

Another commenter, Stephen Harrison, said: “Do not buy an EV, unless you may charge at home, and you only travel locally.

“Half of the parking places will need EV chargers but the parking bays don’t even have space for them.”

UK Old Codger agreed saying: “The first manufacturer with swappable batteries will sweep the board.

“We need standard size batteries that can be unlatched and slid out of the rear of the car on a trolly which would be then left to be charged for another customer.

“That way it would only take as long as an ordinary car to fill up.”

Others, however, disagreed pointing to the fact that British motorists bought more EVs this year than ever before.

They added that EVs are much cheaper to run because of the increase in fuel prices.

On top of that, they can help in reducing pollution.

In March, motorists in the UK bought more EVs than in all of 2019.

Drivers registered nearly 40,000 electric vehicles at the beginning of spring.

Experts predict that the number will keep rising.



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