Did you know that almost 100% of England’s motorways are less than 20 miles from a charge point for electric vehicles. Research has been done into the available facilities for electric cars, although there is still lots to be desired, at least electric car drivers know that they are never really too far from a power point!
The study into the roads has been done by motoring organisation the RAC Foundation. It’s been found that the amounts of service stations offering electric car drivers facilities to charge up their cars has increased to around 72% over the past five years. This is good news for drivers that are thinking about making the swap to electrically controlled cars.
But what about the charging points themselves? Are they as reliable as petrol pumps are to the diesel and unleaded car driver? More findings from the survey also found that around 92% of the charge points are fast working. So a car can be fully charged from flat in around half an hour. Plenty of time to enjoy a snack in the service station while you wait.
How useful is this information? Keeping in mind that there are currently around 20,000 battery run cars being used in the UK, this is a substantial number of power points. Most likely well needed, considering that manufacturers are looking into the possibilities of introducing more electrically driven models. In another five to ten years, this amount is estimated to be doubled in England alone.
The statistics are similar in other parts of the UK. A portion of major Scottish roads (28%) are in the 20 mile vicinity of a charge point, this is 45% of major roads in Wales.
Depending on what part of the country electric car drivers will be travelling, getting around is a lot easier today than it was say a decade ago. The trip from London to Southampton, for example, is straightforward when it comes to ‘fill up points’ with many convenient stops along the way.
While things are looking up for electrically run cars, there are still a few glitches in the system. Even though the fill up charging points are quick, it still takes half an hour to fill up. This is compared to a few minutes at a petrol pump. It’s a great advantage if you happen to be at the front of the queue! Not so good if you are waiting in line, it could literally be hours before you may be able to drive again.
Thinking about buying a electric car after you pass your driving test? Next month the current £5,000 subsidy for electric cars is being reduced and replaced by a tiered system. Cars with a zero emission range of over 70 miles can receive up to £4,500. Those with a shorter range like plug-in hybrids with either petrol or diesel engine can be eligible to receive around £2,500. You can find out more here.