Across the world, cities, governments and carmakers are shifting to Electric Vehicles (EVs) in response to rises in air pollution and greenhouse gasses.
Our programme directly addresses electric vehicle charging infrastructure challenges, which currently act as barriers to residents considering purchasing new or secondhand electric vehicles: Firstly, currently many companies are preferring to install their charge points only in dense urban areas with the highest rates of commercial return, for instance supermarkets and existing petrol stations. This leaves significant gaps in the overall network, particularly across rural areas which are often perceived to be less commercially attractive. Secondly, given that it is illegal to run loose power cables across pavements and roads, inevitably residents without driveways (particularly terraced housing or flats) in both rural and urban areas are excluded from installing their own domestic charge points. Overcoming these challenges by expanding the local charge point network will help to build public confidence in switching to electric vehicle technology.