William Eichler 22 March 2022

Industry leaders call for ‘step change’ in EV charger roll-out

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A new report published by EV charging infrastructure specialist Connected Kerb has found that public EV charging isn’t keeping pace with the increase in EV registrations.

EV registrations were up 154% in February 2022 compared to 2021 and are forecast to outstrip diesel and hybrid sales by the end of 2022.

However, public electric vehicle charging is struggling to keep pace and the ratio of EV charge points to plug-in cars deteriorated by 31% during 2020 alone.

This puts Britain’s current ratio (16:1) behind other countries including South Korea (3:1), the Netherlands (5:1), France (10:1), Belgium and Japan (both 13:1).

The report, which draws on the expertise of EY, UKPN, Motability, Mitie Group PLC and Connected Kerb, estimates that the number of charge points will need to increase 10-fold by 2030 to cater to the new numbers of EV drivers.

Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, commented: ‘Solving the EV charging challenge is absolutely fundamental to achieving a cleaner, and fairer transport future.

‘There is an opportunity ahead of us to make a real and positive impact, reducing UK transport emissions, whilst positioning the UK as a world leader on EVs.

‘Our report highlights the need for a collaborative approach between different stakeholders within the industry and identifies a roadmap to ensure the UK’s charging infrastructure is fit for purpose, ready to unlock a future of zero-emission transport.’

This story originally appeared on LAPV.

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