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.

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Comments (11)

  • Read the post from that EV Cultist, Bradley Brownell, over on Jalop. He got a free Harley "EV cycle" to use for a week-- and the grief he endured just to get from LA to Reno? insane. Nobody would put up with that crap. Of course "certain people" pay hookers to pee on them, too, so there's always a market for embarrassing dumbassery, but it's hard to say "EV" and "mainstream" in the same sentence.

    This is REALLY REALLY not ready for Prime Time. Hydrogen is here soon. Be patient. No compromises

      1 month ago
  • Should have bought a Tesla. Buying any other electric car is like buying a Betamax video. The industry standard is the Tesla charging point, as is the onboard guide to the nearest charging point. And they all work. Just a shame only Teslas can use them. Anything other than a Tesla is too big a gamble yet. And Elon knows this very well - these stories just drive up his asking price for licensing the standard to others. Porsche must hate that!!! Clever guy. No wonder he is the world’s second richest person.

      1 month ago
    • Er the TESLA IS the Betamax in this example.

      All proprietary and all worthless when the Fuel Cells hit.

        1 month ago
    • Why would we wait for years for the other fuels.... let’s have cake now too. I bought a Tesla Model 3 Performance to replace an M5. Best decision ever, 8500miles in since May and charging hasn’t been an issue at all commuting all over the...

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        1 month ago
  • Every public parking space needs to have a fast charger for electric cars to be completely viable, whilst they are at it they should also install induction chargers in every space so this will future proof it.

    Ultimately you need to be able to charge it when stationary and not wait for a charger or have to move it when charged.

    When this is in place the electric car is viable, until then it’s just one compromise after another.

      1 month ago
  • Early adopters beware? Public education and information needs to be improved. Buyers need to exercise due discretion and research before jumping onto the EV bandwagon. I guess common sense, isn’t that common. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      1 month ago
  • 45 miles at a time. That’s pathetic. Once again the government strikes again. What will planes use or army vehicles or anything. They only change cars all because some guy comes up with some science project. I’m no knocking the idea of electric cars, but now your talking about forcing this crap on me.

      1 month ago