Motorway electric car charge point target missed, says RAC - The Evesham Observer

Motorway electric car charge point target missed, says RAC

Evesham Editorial 2nd Jan, 2024   0

A TARGET for the number of high-powered electric vehicle charge points near motorways has been missed, analysis from the RAC shows.

The government wanted every motorway service station in England to have at least six rapid or ultra-rapid chargers by the end of 2023.

Data from the motoring organisation suggests that only four in 10 now meet this criteria.

The Transport Department said charging facilities are available at most sites.

Rapid or ultra-rapid devices are seen as important for making longer journeys, to ensure people are confident they will have sufficient charge for the trip and that it will delivered quickly enough if they pull over to top up.

In December, the RAC, a breakdown cover and insurance provider, looked at data from charger locator business Zapmap.

It found that 178 additional faster chargers had been installed since April.

However, only 46 of 119 sites now had six of these high-powered charging facilities in place. Rapid charge points can add about 100 miles of range to an electric vehicle (EV) in around 35 minutes.


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