Drivers being forced to pay more as most places don’t have EV chargers

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Based on new research, 52 percent of respondents say workplaces are yet to offer EV charging according to a recent survey of drivers. This is despite major demand from electric car drivers, and those considering buying an EV, to have access to a charge point at their place of work.

When questioned further, eight in 10 drivers expressed a desire to charge their EV at their place of work if it was available. 

Just one-quarter of respondents’ workplaces have an EV charge point installed, according to the survey. 

Only 10 percent of surveyed EV drivers reported charging their EV at their place of work. 

Alok Dubey, UK Country Manager at Monta, said there was a “huge gap” between what EV drivers want and what is currently available in the UK.

He added: “While workplaces are still being slow to install charge points, their employees are charging at expensive public chargers or waiting until they get home and plugging in at peak times. 

“Both of which will become more untenable as energy prices and the demand on the grid increases.

“Workplaces are a crucial charging solution to help build a stable and accessible charging infrastructure in the UK, and there are huge benefits for employers who install a charge point.”

There are over 590,000 electric cars on UK roads, plus a further 430,000 plug-in hybrids.

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Last year saw the biggest annual increase in number of registrations, with more than 395,000 battery-electric cars registered, showing a growth of 92 percent on 2020.

Despite this, many have pointed to a disconnect between accessibility and availability of public EV charge points.

This has often been cited as being one of the key reseason putting people off from investing in electric vehicles, especially if they don’t have access to charging facilities at home.

Mr Dubey suggested that there were several ways to raise revenue from a charging point in a work environment.

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He said: “For example, business owners can share their charge points with the public during weekends or outside work hours, earning a small profit on per charge while contributing to the continued electrification of the UK’s infrastructure.

“Staff and the general public alike are showing a huge appetite for workplace chargers due to the lack of viable options elsewhere – especially those in inner cities, without access to private driveways or nearby public chargers. 

“One-in-five EV drivers primarily work from home, but how many would prefer to work in the office are put off by the lack of charging at work? 

“If employers are serious about wanting staff to return, then the place of work needs to be seen as an extension of the home office where amenities are provided to make commutes more attractive.”

At the end of October 2022, there were 35,778 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 21,378 charging locations. 

This represents a 35 percent increase in the number of charging devices since October 2021, according to Zap-Map.

However, these figures do not include the many charge points installed at home or at workplace locations, which are estimated to be more than 400,000. 

Some of these EV charging points are available to the public in some form via community or visitor charging.

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