A couple from Kent said it took more than nine hours to drive 130 miles home from Bournemouth as they struggled to find a working charger. Most were either broken, occupied or too slow to provide a meaningful charge on the powerful EV.
With the UK’s ongoing charger rollout even power-hungry motors built for rapid-charging should soon be able to find a functioning, available charging point.
According to the president of the AA, Edmund King, their case highlights some of the problems that need ironing out before electric car owners can rely on the UK’s charging infrastructure. “Electric vehicle consumers want more interoperability, more chargers, greater reliability and a contactless experience. To really help the revolution get to full power before 2030 we need a concerted effort from local authorities to take up the charging point grants – only one in six do, according to AA research, and for those premises providing chargers to ensure they work. Driving an electric vehicle is great fun and can save you money and save emissions. Let’s make sure the future network can help save range anxiety,” he says.
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