New scrappage scheme plans to pay motorists up to £6,000 for ditching their polluting petrol or diesel car for an electric vehicle could be a serio
New scrappage scheme plans to pay motorists up to £6,000 for ditching their polluting petrol or diesel car for an electric vehicle could be a serious issue as motorists struggle to top up their new cars. There are fears the sudden switch by motorists over to the electric car market may put a strain on the electric car infrastructure which may leave many unable to top up their cars.
Tom Leathes, CEO at Motorway.co.uk warns a lot of motorists making the switch would put a “huge reliance” on public charging which is “severely lacking” in some areas.
Mr Leathes has revealed electric car ownership makes it “essential” to have an electric charging point nearby which is nort always possible for many drivers.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Leathes said: “Anyone looking to change their car right now, especially those living near or within ultra-low emission charges will naturally be looking to make the leap to electric if it’s affordable and practical for them to do so.
“Owning an electric car makes having easy access to a charging point essential.
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The taskforce recommended that power networks needed to utilise periods of weak demand to cope with the switchover.
They said there needed to be a greater emphasis on power shortage to better support the grid while also pushing for further investment.
Experts have previously warned of a “postcode lottery” for charging infrastructure in the UK with access to stations vastly dependent on where someone lives.
A recent Uswitch survey revealed there are just 22.9 EVs per charge point in Bristol compared to 268 in Stoke on Trent.
Highways England has a commitment in place to ensure there are charge points every 20 miles on up to 94 percent of the road network by 2020 in a £15million investment.
Government data revealed the number of chargepoint connectors is increasing with a 50 percent increase between 2018 and 2019 as an extra 10,000 were added.
However, the report claims the number of chargepoints will need to “increase further” to match the rising demand.
Mr Leathes has pushed for urgent investment in charging infrastructure to support the latest move as a lack of technology could leave many owners struggling to top up their cars.
He has called for the government to provide “better financial incentives” to help petrol and diesel owners make the switch to EV’s.
He told Express.co.uk: “If the government wants to hit its own targets that by 2040, all new cars and vans sold in the UK should be zero emissions capable.
“They’ll need to provide better financial incentives to purchase, as well as invest in building the charging infrastructure across the country to support it.”