New report reveals an 83% shortfall in the required number of charging points for Electric Vehicles by 2020

New report reveals an 83% shortfall in the required number of charging points for Electric Vehicles by 2020

Today Emu Analytics, a leading data science and software company, have published a White Paper titled ‘A Sustainable Future. Preparing for Electric Vehicles’ that identifies that by 2020 an additional 83,500 charging points will be required to meet the demand from electric vehicles (EVs). To date there are 16,500 charging points. There needs to be an 83% increase in the number of charge points by 2020 to meet the demand form EVs in the UK.

The key findings of the White Paper include;

  • 1. By 2020 there will be over 1 million electric vehicles.
  • 2. The UK Government has allocated £440 million to delivering charging infrastructure and research and development in this space.
  • 3. Twenty two Local Authorities have recently been mandated to look at Clean Air Zones by the UK Government and develop Clean Air Plans by December 2018.
  • 4. New diesel car sales declined by 20 percent in the last 6 months of 2017. With new sales decreasing at this rate the diesel market will be unsustainable and the existing fleet of diesel cars in the UK will need to be replaced by a green alternative.
  • 5. The majority of pure EVs have a range of between 100 and 200 miles (although real world figures are less) so the requirement for a charging network is critical to the roll out of EVs.
  • 6. As of May 2018 there were 9,600 public chargers (and approximately 16,500 connectors) in just over 5,700 locations across the UK. By way of comparison there are approximately 9,000 petrol stations across the UK.
  • 7. Due to charge times ranging from 85% charge in 30 minutes (Rapid Charge) to full charge in 8 hours (Slow Charge) there are only 1,500 Rapid Chargers and 3,400 Connectors across the UK.
  • 8. As at May 2018, of the 150,000 registered EVs in the UK, there are 43 EVs for every rapid charging connection across the UK which is not sustainable.
  • 9. Currently only 3% of supermarkets (preferred charger locations) have a charging point with ASDA having the best coverage at 19% of their stores with chargers. Tesco only 0.4% of their stores with chargers. Lidl has the highest number of rapid chargers at just 11.
  • 10. Newcastle has one of the best EV charger ratios with 1.45 cars per charger.
  • 11. Peterborough has the worst charger ratio with 485 cars per charger.
  • 12. According to data from the Open Charge Map and the National Charge Point Registry, 7% of Local Authorities have less than 2 chargers and 2% have no charging infrastructure at all. The City of London and Westminster are the best equipped with over 200 charging locations in total.
  • 13. Since the UK Government started the Plug-In Car Grant there has been a remarkable surge in electric vehicle registrations. Between 2016 and 2017 there was over a 20% increase in new registrations alone. In Q1 2014 there were under 2,000 EV registrations and in Q3 2017 there were over 14,000, a 600% increase.
  • 14. Oxford have announced that starting from 2020 petrol and diesel cars will be banned from some city centre streets. By 2035, the zero emissions zone will exclude any diesel or petrol vehicle (including buses and HGVs) from all of the City Centre.

Richard Vilton, CEO of Emu Analytics commented;

“Ultimately the UK, by investing in the right way early, has the opportunity to be a global leader in Electric Vehicles, benefiting businesses, towns, cities and communities by preparing for a sustainable future.”

Alice Goudie, of Emu Analytics will be presenting the findings of the White Paper to the Esri UK Annual Conference in London on 22ndMay 2018.

The White Paper can be downloaded here.

About Emu Analytics

Emu Analytics is a UK-based technology company specialising in the movement of people and machines through the use of location-based data such as Internet of Things, mobile networks and smart meters.

They offer products and services to help organisations benefit from location insights covering use cases such as safety and security, transport planning, property management, retail strategy and logistics by a group of highly experienced individuals who are passionate about deriving real value from data through insightful and responsible analysis.