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How Brits are being switched onto the electric car revolution

20 August 2016 Blog

Motorpoint blogger Ken Gibson believes the huge increase in charging points is a sign that Brits are finally switching onto the appeal of electric cars

“here are now over 70,000 electric cars on UK roads and with sales of new electric cars increasing every month its fair to say that we are finally switching on to the electric car revolution in this country”

Further evidence the motoring world is changing fast with predictions that electric car charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020.

Official data reveals that the number of traditional petrol/diesel filling stations in Britain has plunged from 37,539 in 1970 to just 8,472 today. At the same time electric car charging points in the UK are growing at a rapid rate, rising from just 900 in 2012 to just over 4,000 this year.

Whatsmore, electric charging points are predicted to hit 7,900 by 2020, with petrol station sites forecast to drop to 7,870 - clear evidence that electric cars are a growing part of the future of motoring.

However, the figures don’t tell the full story because the reality is that the average petrol filling stations has an average of 8-16 pumps that can fill around 144 customers tanks every hour. On the other hand electric charging locations usually have two pumps that take over 30 minutes to charge, which works out at four cars an hour.

Saying that the electric charging companies have still not broken the closed shop monopoly at motorway filling stations, with only one electric company having access so far.

But a growing number of electric car buyers now have the benefit of a home charging point, which allows simple charging overnight, and you can get a Government grant of 75 per cent  of the cost of having a point installed.

With rapid charger locations set to grow and the range of electric cars improving every year, there is no doubt many of the handicaps of electric motoring are being addressed. There are now over 70,000 electric cars on UK roads and with sales of new electric cars increasing every month its fair to say that we are finally switching on to the electric car revolution in this country.

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About the author

Ken Gibson was Motoring Editor for The Sun for 23 years during which time he became one of the best known motoring newspaper journalists in the world. Over that period Ken tested thousands of cars from super minis to SUVs and super cars, and drove millions of miles all over the world.

As well as writing a blog covering the motoring issues of the day, he also independently road tests and creates video reviews on a cross section of cars sold by Motorpoint.