There are around 20,000 public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging connectors in the UK with over 400 connectors being added per month, enough to keep the current fleet of electric vehicles moving. However there is still a problem, that being the huge shortage of available and working chargers. This is why the anxiety EV drivers experience isn’t Range Anxiety but Charger Anxiety – and not enough is being done to address it.
Most current EVs now have a range of around 200 miles, taking them out of the land of the early adopters and making them viable as a day-to-day car. This increased capability is leading owners to expect to use their cars beyond a straightforward commute and to take on longer journeys, such as business trips or vacations. Where previously, charger usage was predominantly home based, the impact of this change is creating a far greater reliance on destination or en-route charging.
Destination charging requires an EV driver to be more thoughtful than an ICE driver about the details of their journey. Before embarking on a long journey, EV drivers will have to know two things:
- Whether they will need to charge at the destination
- Which destination charger they are intending to charge at