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Clean, easy and speedy, fueling up is on a positive charge If you are lucky enough to be one of the 60% of the population who have off-street parking, then your home charger will take care of the vast bulk of your charging needs. The novelty of having your own little ‘fuel’ station on the side of your home never seems to wear off, and every morning I wake up to a freshly fueled, fully charged car ready to go; no longer do I have to nip to the petrol station on my way to my first lesson. EVs also have the advantage over combustion and hydrogen of being able to destination 40 Intelligent Instructor
charge. This means you can top up and charge where you arrive, and I’ve used destination charging at leisure centres, supermarkets, theme parks, cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, holiday homes and campsites. It’s easy and it’s not as if you have to stand around pulling the trigger on the nozzle watching the litres and pound dials spin round; just plug in and get on with other things.
Regarding the public infrastructure, I tend to use it more out of convenience than
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necessity. However, if you are in the 40% of the population who cannot have a home charger, then just like every internal combustion engine car, you will be reliant on a public network. It is patchy but constantly improving, and yet another investment via the Budget can only help. Websites such as Plugshare or Zap Map will provide the locations, types and speeds of charge points local to your home or current location. Thanks to a pro-active council, my city of Nottingham has over 400 public chargers and the numbers are on the rise. In total, the UK has in excess of 18,000 chargers and the network is now expanding at a rate of 500+ new connectors a month. Comparatively, there are an ever decreasing number of petrol stations – 8,300 at the time of writing, down from 18,000 in 1992 and a peak of around 40,000 in the mid1960s. In response to exponential increase in demand for EV charging sites, even the oil and energy companies such as BP, Shell, E.ON, Virgin and EDF are now heavily involved in the expansion of the UK charging network. Capitalism is extremely good at ‘plugging’ the gaps when there’s some obvious money to be made!
A lot of us can make the transition to EVs now and have a simpler, cleaner experience than combustion cars. But for many of us an EV won’t be the