One million EVs ‘to hit UK roads by 2021’

  By 2021 there will be one million electric vehicles (EVs) on Britain’s roads. That’s according to CEO and founder of EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster, David Martell, who spoke to ELN at […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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By 2021 there will be one million electric vehicles (EVs) on Britain’s roads.

That’s according to CEO and founder of EV infrastructure provider Chargemaster, David Martell, who spoke to ELN at the company’s ‘100k EV Rally’ last Sunday.

The event consisted of 38 electric cars driving from Greenwich to Milton Keynes to celebrate a total of 100,000 EVs being registered in the UK.

Mr Martell said: “The next milestone will be a million and I think that’s likely to be about 2021.”

The destination of Milton Keynes wasn’t chosen at random – it is the home of Chargemaster’s EV Experience Centre, where the company aims to “dispel the myth” that electric transport is a lesser version of motoring and only useful for short trips.

Mr Martell told ELN the centre would help people learn more about the green vehicles, for instance that many EVs can now travel up to 200 miles on a single charge.

He added: “There’s lots of advantages. First of all, if we care for the environment, they don’t produce any carbon dioxide emissions.

“Air quality, as you know, in many cities in the UK we’re in breach of regulations in respect of air quality so it’s the benefit of that and of course once you’ve bought them the cost of running is very low.”