UK EV charging network ‘needs more access to power’

The UK “probably has the best electric vehicle (EV) charging networks in the world” but it needs charging points and more access to power. That’s according to Simon Crowfoot, Managing Director […]

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The UK “probably has the best electric vehicle (EV) charging networks in the world” but it needs charging points and more access to power.

That’s according to Simon Crowfoot, Managing Director of Ecotricity’s ‘Electric Highway’.

The Electric Highway started in July 2011 with a single EV charging point and now covers “almost the entire motorway network in Britain”.

Mr Crowfoot told ELN: “[The challenge] used to be a case of not being able to find a charge point anywhere and that has changed quite a lot.”

 

However he added: “The big challenge now is people are adopting electric cars so we need to have more chargers in more locations which has resulted in us needing to have access to more power.”

The UK is “in quite a good place” but in order to scale-it-up and potentially see hundreds of thousands of cars on the road there’s still a long way to go, he said.

The Deputy Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles recently said the biggest challenge in getting consumers to drive EVs is the “lack of normalisation”.