Kent couple's case proves that UK is still not ready for 2030 ban
The couple's Taycan highlights that Britain has problems with its charging network - something that must be corrected within 10 years.
Many would optimistically look towards the government's 2030 ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars. However, not everyone would have such a bright outlook on the future, and one of those people is Linda Barnes and her husband.
In a recent article published by The Guardian, Linda described as they spent around 9 hours driving 130 miles from Bournemouth to their home and struggling to find a working charger for their Porsche Taycan 4S, which had 45 miles of range at the time.
During their chaotic journey, the couple had to go through several charging stations which were out of action, although they eventually managed to reach home with only 11% to spare. Linda recalls, “At one point I thought we might have to spend the night in the motorway service area. We would have stayed in the hotel if it hadn’t been the night that the second lockdown came into force.”
The next day, Linda's husband decided to check if they had just been unlucky on their journey by driving to a nearby town and looking for some charging points. He eventually found three in a car park, although none of them was working.
The President of AA Edmund King, who himself is an electric car driver, stated that the couple was "very lucky to have a Taycan", which he called the "best electric vehicle (he) has ever driven" but warned that the UK needs "a concerted effort from local authorities to take up the charging point grants" in order to "help the revolution get to full power before 2030".
What we can conclude from this story is that Britain needs an improvement in its charging infrastructure, which will be essential to the government if they want to keep the motorways occupied and preserve a prosperous car market in the country.