EV charging points will outnumber the conventional petrol stations
Until recent years, electric vehicles were considered a niche market as sales were small and their widespread very slow.
However, new technologies that offered customers better performances and increased range, as well as a higher variety of vehicles available on the market, made this green choice more appealing for customers around the world.
Sale numbers for EV are rapidly growing and, in 2017, there were already 3 million electric cars traveling the streets around the world, with numbers increasing massively every year.
In order to support such a growing number of EVs, the number of charging stations to recharge these vehicles are becoming more and more widespread and many commentators believe that soon public e-mobility stations will outnumber the conventional petrol ones very soon.
Electric vehicle charging stations to outnumber petrol ones in 2020
If we look at the UK, at the beginning of 2016 only 8,472 fuel stations were operating in the country, a massive reduction from the 37,539 up and running in 1970.
A study from a Japanese car maker predicts that, considering the steady rate of decline of petrol stations, electric vehicle charging locations could outnumber them by 2020, reaching more than 7,900 charging stations operating across the country.
Edward Jones, EV Manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd., explains:
“As electric vehicle sales take off, the charging infrastructure is keeping pace and paving the way for convenient all-electric driving.”
Governments and Corporations strategies
As it’s easy to understand, government and large corporation operating in the energy sectors are responding quickly to this worldwide swift.
If we look again UK for example, in the first six months of 2018 5.5% of the UK’s new car market was made of Hybrids and electric vehicles compared with 4.2% during the same period in 2017.
This is indeed a strong indicator and the UK Government, via its transport secretary Chris Grayling has already pledged to install hundreds of thousands of charging stations in the forthcoming years:
“The road to zero strategies, combined with the measures we’ve already introduced, will mean Britain now has one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world. We want the UK to become the best country in the world in which to develop and manufacture zero-emission vehicles. The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment, but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6tn by 2050.”
Meanwhile, also large energy corporations are making big moves in this field.
BP, for example, has recently secured the acquisition of Chargemaster (6,500 charging points across the country) making the company the owner of the largest UK’s biggest electric car charging network.
BP is planning to prioritise ultra-fast 150KW charging systems that, in 10 minutes, can give an Ev 100 miles worth of charge.