The UK’s government is preparing to tackle the problem of extortionate fees to charge electric cars at public locations. Ministers are set to enact legislation that will see standard prices applied and ensure electric vehicle users are provided with better access to roadside charging locations.
The government is responding to complaints that the cost of a 30-minute charge at a public point can be as high as £7.50. Motoring critics say this high cost means the cost of running an electric car is on a par with that of a diesel engine, although home charges are generally a lot cheaper.
The move to make public charging more user-friendly comes hot on the heels of news UK motorists are not buying the targeted amount of ultra-low emission vehicles. The government had aimed for nine per cent of vehicles on the country’s roads to be low emission by 2020. Current estimates show the number will be seven per cent at best.
The UK currently has about 11,000 public charging stations for electric cars and vans. Motoring critics claim they are distinctly unfriendly and come with varied pricing structures. They are also typically not an option for all electric vehicle owners as they require pre-registration and password access.
The Department for Transport (DfT) launched a study designed to revamp the electric charger network in October. A spokesperson noted that the reforms would give electric vehicle owners 24/7 access to chargers and ensure pricing structures were economical to encourage more drivers into opting for low emission engines.