Petrol stations are useful things, aren’t they? You can fill your car with fuel, obviously, but how else can you secretly indulge in a sneaky chocolate bar, finally pick up that bottle of screenwash you need to clear all those bugs – and grab a bunch of flowers for that (temporarily) forgotten birthday or anniversary?
That will all change with electric cars, though. No petrol, no petrol station.
After all, according to charger supplier BP Chargemaster, 80 per cent of us will charge our EVs at home. Why go somewhere else to pay more for the same electricity?
Because despite home charging being the best option for the vast majority of usage, sometimes we have to leave that comfort zone and travel beyond the range of our EV (although range will increase in EV models over the next few years, easing most ‘range anxiety’). It might be for work, to visit friends and family (when that’s again allowed) or get away from it all on a staycation.
There are plenty of public chargers around the country already – around 34,000 at the current count – but the infrastructure will need to scale up, while also becoming more efficient and sustainable, over the next few years to accommodate a greater number of electric vehicles on our roads.