People must be protected from excessive pricing for public electric car charging…
Charging an electric car at home is much cheaper than using public charge points, and this could put financial pressure on people who are less able to afford a charge point at home.
Currently the government provide a £350 grant towards the installation cost, but this is only available to those with their own off-road parking where the charge point is to be fitted.
But not everyone has a driveway or off-road parking that they own.
Although, for those that do and already have or have on order a full hybrid or electric vehicle (and don’t currently have a charge point) we suggest you take advantage of the grant now and get a charge point installed, as the grant (£350) for you will disappear early next year.
For the rest of us, the government need to make public car charging infrastructure easily accessible, reliable and without it costing the earth to charge our cars.
In our opinion, a big driver for people to adopt electric vehicle technology is the huge savings they can achieve against the cost of buying petrol or diesel.
You may be aware, the UK plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and hybrids by 2035. This should mean that most cars on the road by 2050 are electric.
However, at present there is a disparity between how much it costs to charge a car at home, compared to public car charging (which is way more expensive), and may be a factor in stopping those that can’t fit a home charge point (due to price or location) from buying an electric vehicle.
Charging electric vehicles should be convenient, straight forward, and inexpensive. Drivers must not be disadvantaged by price or accessibility, by where they live or how they charge their vehicles.
…but if you have a driveway and can afford it, best get your home car charger fitted now.