Commercial Charging: The Expansion of EV Charging Solutions in the UK
As fuel prices rise, electric vehicle sales figures are increasing. Many motorists are looking to invest in an EV and save themselves money in the long run, but with this future-proof investment comes the inevitable need for more charging solutions in public places.
Previously, there were concerns among many motorists surrounding an insufficient amount of EV charge points for a long journey. After all, why should a motorist go out of their way to find a charge point en route when there should be one at the destination? Thankfully, the EV charging infrastructure is set to change dramatically within the next eight years.
RAW Charging is at the forefront of this movement, future-proofing EV solutions and bringing electric vehicle charging stations to commercial buildings owned by landlords, property agents, construction firms, hospitality sectors and more.
The current condition of EV charging in Europe
Europeans were slow off the mark concerning readying public places for electric vehicles, especially compared to the Asian market. However, following financial help from the European Green Deal, infrastructures are finally being put in place to prepare the continent for increased EV ownership.
ICE vehicles (Internal Combustion Engines) still take the market share of sales compared to electric vehicles; however, the balance will soon shift not just in Europe but across the world:
- By 2025, one in five vehicles sold in the UK is expected to be an EV
- By 2030, it’s predicted that two in five of all vehicles sold in the UK will be an EV
As we progress beyond 2030, most vehicle sales will shift towards electric over combustion.
2022 has become a significant year for EV infrastructure in the United Kingdom, in particular. In June, the UK government moved to enforce its new EV charging requirements that will affect Building Regulations – and EV charging solutions:
- All new non-residential buildings with ten or more parking spaces must have at least one charge point and cable routes available for one in five spaces without access to a charge point.
- Non-residential buildings with more than ten parking spaces undergoing significant renovation must have at least one charge point, with cable routes for one in five spaces.
How infrastructure investment will affect EV charging points in the UK
The UK government has vowed to achieve a tenfold increase in car chargers by 2030, a move that will see the total number of EV chargers rise to some 300,000. This growth comes after a massive backlash from EV owners and prospective buyers that the public infrastructure was too slow and disorganised to match the rapid growth of EV sales.
Networks such as RAW Charging have also had a dramatic influence on charge point numbers, with private funding for free installation in public places resulting in much-improved accessibility and overall confidence in the EV infrastructure.
Of course, the impending ban on petrol and diesel new vehicle sales (brought forward to 2030 from 2040) has also intensified the need for improved EV charge points, with the Department for Transport setting aside an extra £450m of investment to ready the nation for the arrival of more electric vehicles.
Comparison experts Next Green Car reported that EV sales accounted for a fifth of all vehicle sales in January 2022 and a total of 420,000 electric cars on UK roads at the end of February; it’s clear that the tide is most definitely turning.
£450m of investment
The above-mentioned increase in funds is due to be spent strengthening this infrastructure with an influx of new charging hubs in streets and non-residential premises. This investment will dramatically change how and where people can charge their EVs, particularly when they’re away from home.
Again, this is an area where RAW Charging has already positively impacted EV charging facilities in public places before any investment. Thanks to private funding, we’re spearheading EV infrastructure development and the increase in charging hubs.
The extra funding focused on non-residential EV charging will also likely see another surge in electric vehicle sales. This predicted pattern means that now is perhaps the ideal time to look into changing from an ICE to an EV.
With RAW Charging leading the way in introducing EV charging solutions to businesses and drivers across the United Kingdom, the future of electric vehicle charging is looking increasingly bright and fuss-free.
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