Electric Car Drivers are Taking Risks to Charge Their Vehicles
74% of drivers surveyed have admitted to using domestic, multi-socket extension cables to charge their electric cars. Despite understanding the risks involved, many have used a ‘daisy chain’ of extensions, even in the rain, to get the job done. So why court the danger of electrocution or fire in this way? Because there simply aren’t enough charging points available.
Important Research on the Availability of Charging Points
The consumer protection charity, Electrical Safety First carried out this important research. It’s clear that EV drivers feel that they have little choice, and are frustrated by the lack of proper provision for charging their vehicles. At present the network is patchy. In London there are 147 per 100km2. Whilst in Wales the number is much lower, with only 1.55 per 100km.
“Our research shows a direct link between a lack of electric vehicle infrastructure and vehicle owners charging dangerously. A modern Britain also needs to be a safe one and Electrical Safety First is urging the government and local authorities to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support the rapid increase in numbers of electric vehicles on our roads.”
Why Don’t we Have Enough Charging Points?
Because the uptake on electric vehicles has happened far quicker than the creation of public charging point locations. By analysing data from the Department of Transport it’s possible to see that the growth rate of EV vehicles being licensed is currently 6 times greater than the expansion of the public charging network available to UK EV drivers.
The Way Forward for Public Charging Point Provision
It’s clear from the figures produced by Electrical Safety First that plans need to be put in place to meet the hike in demand. We’re in urgent need of a charging infrastructure that both supports and encourages drivers to continue to invest in EV cars. There are currently 13,000 charging points available to drivers in the UK. This is a great improvement on 2018 figures, but more are needed in order for charging your car safely, close to home, to become the norm.