Will there ever be enough charging stations?
The UK has a lack of EV charging stations. Will that always be the case?
What is the issue?
In 2011 there were 1,500 charging stations across the UK but just 2,600 cars this is 1.73 cars per charging station. In 2021 so far, the amount of charging stations has increased to a seemingly large 37,000 stations but there are now over 348,200 electric and hybrid cars on the road. This means we are now at 9.5 cars per charging station. This means though we may have made much more progress in building these charging stations, we still are not building enough to supply the population. The amount of electric cars is growing so much faster than the amount of charging stations that if progress in increasing the rate of charging station building is not made, we may have over 47 cars per charging station in the UK by 2030!
This is also not the only issue because the charging stations are not evenly spread across Britain, for example you can find a much higher concentration of charging locations in urban areas such as London than you can in parts of Scotland or especially parts of Devon.
Another issue which drivers face is a lack of unification across the country. There are multiple subscription charging stations and to be able to drive through most of England comfortably you would need more than one. This means that the cost can be many times higher than the cost of one subscription service.
What is the government doing?
Most parts of the UK are now offering subsidies for installing charging stations. When installing a charging station which would usually be £800, the government will pay £300 towards it almost halving the price. Some places offer free electric car charging as well but this doesn't help when your range is less than the distance to the nearest charging station.