Research has shed light on which cities are best-prepared for the adoption of electric vehicles. It’ll help shed light on where ownership will be easiest…
Is Your City Ready For Electric Vehicles?
Euro Car Parts investigated the ten most congested cities in the UK. It examined the likes of public charging points, how much the number had increased in the last six months, the number of alternatively fuelled cars registered and the opinions of the locals. What it discovered was that some cities were substantially better prepared than others; with the most well-suited situated along the nation’s coastline. Perhaps surprisingly, the city most well-suited to EV adoption was found to be Southampton. With a population of 250,000, it has 77 charging points; a 13% increase from the start of the year. It also has 1,023 registered alternatively fuelled vehicles and 60% of the population agree that EVs are the future of motoring.
Brighton & Hove came in second, albeit still considerably behind Southampton. With 290,000 residents, it has 47 chargers, 1,591 alternatively fuelled registrations and 70% of the population feel that EVs are the future. In third place was Portsmouth. It has 25 chargers, which represents a 127% increase in city in the first six months of 2019. London came ninth, despise significant investment in EV infrastructure. Whilst it has 3,966 chargers for 123,488 alternative vehicles, it needs many more chargers for its 8,908,081 residents.
Concerns Holding Consumers Back
Infrastructural preparations are crucial in winning consumers over to all-electric models. A recent poll by YouGov revealed that 66% of motorists were put off by a perceived lack of chargers or range-anxiety. Just 2% stated that they’d consider an EV for their next car. But things are getting better. Since 2016, there’s been a 28% increase in the number of chargers being rolled out. It’s expected that there will be 322 public chargers per 10,000 low emission vehicles by the early 2030s. As it stands, the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ plan will see the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles banned by 2040. In addition, the government expects most vehicles on the roads to be zero-emission by 2050.
The Most Prepared Cities
1. Southampton – 77 Chargers, 252k People
2. Brighton & Hove – 47 Chargers, 290k People
3. Portsmouth – 25 Chargers, 215k People
4. Nottingham – 164 Chargers, 331k People
5. Leeds – 127 Chargers, 789k People
6. Birmingham – 92 Chargers, 1.1m People
7. Bournemouth – 24 Chargers, 395k People
8. Manchester – 213 Chargers, 2.8m People
9. Leicester – 98 Chargers, 355k People
10. Bristol – 125 Chargers, 463k People
11. London – 3,966 Chargers, 8.9m People
12. Liverpool – 117 Chargers, 494k People
EV Drivers Must Have “The Right” To Charge, Says Automotive Industry: https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/ev-drivers-right-charge/
The UK Is The Second Cheapest Place In Europe To Own An Electric Car: https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/uk-second-cheapest-place-europe-electric-car/