We asked Michelle Machesney, EV director for TSG Solutions UK, to tackle the topic of EV charging infrastructure by answering three key questions: Where are we now, where do we need to get to next – and how do we get there?
Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles
Where are we now?
EV sales are rising more quickly than predicted, driven by the government's commitment to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and the powerful force of consumer concern, but the charging infrastructure to support this demand is currently lagging behind.
Where do we need to get to next?
According to think tank Policy Exchange, we need to install charging points five times faster in the 2020s than the previous decade, with 35,000 installations every year, compared to an average of 7,000 from 2017 to 2020.
‘Destinations’, namely forecourts, retail outlets and workplaces, need educating to understand the value of having an EV charging point on site – to attract customers, improve sustainability credentials and encourage staff to move over to electric vehicles.
Faster charging and hardware designed to better manage fleet and individual electricity usage is key to making this transition easier for businesses.
How do we get there?
By removing the barriers and creating a seamless installation journey from start to finish.
Overall, electric vehicles allow drivers more flexibility than today’s standard fuelling process. There is a place for EV charging points anywhere that we drive and stop – from home to work and everywhere in between, with demand for all of these options so drivers can fit charging vehicles around their own lifestyle.
For businesses with fleet vehicles, such a logistics and taxi companies, the ideal approach to this ‘flexible future’ is choosing a EV charging supplier that provides a full, bespoke service focusing on individual requirements – understanding shift patterns, for example - to ensure the transition is smooth.