Research by Chargemaster has shown that despite significant growth in the number of electric car charging points in the first quarter of this year, 61 per cent of UK towns and cities with a population of over 120,000 have no public charging infrastructure at all.
According to a report in Fleet News, the National Charge Point Index (NCPI) shows strong regional differences in deployment around the country. London Newcastle and Oxford are the best-served locations.
Other key NCPI findings include:
· 704 charging bays available for public use across the UK
· The number of points has more than doubled in the past year
· A 48 per cent increase in charging bays over the last quarter alone.
First quarter growth comes as the first generation of electric vehicles hits the roads. Some 43 new models will be brought to market over the next three years, including the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi I-MiEV, Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero. Purchases will be subsidised by the government’s £5,000 Plugged-in car grant.
Despite this, lack of infrastructure is a major obstacle to widespread uptake for low carbon plug-in vehicles, which will be crucial in meeting strict EU emissions targets.
Chargemaster chief executive, David Martell, told Fleet News: “There is a long way to go before there is the coverage necessary to stop consumers worrying about where they may be able to charge their electric cars.”
In other news, companies are warned of an HMRC crackdown on fuel and mileage payment irregularities.