Following comments from a government official that electric cars were inappropriate for long travels, electric car professionals have rushed to their defense. Electric cars have a range of about 200 miles on average, which is sufficient for the great majority of travels on British roads, while top-of-the-line models have a range of about 250 miles. According to vehicle specialists, a rising number of chargers that are on the British roads can charge a vehicle battery from 20 percent to 80 percent in half an hour, allowing even long journeys to be accommodated without any inconvenience.
Allegra Stratton, a spokesperson for the Cop26 climate conference, sparked outrage on Monday when she said she still drives a diesel car because she travels to Scotland, Wales, and Gloucestershire for family vacations. She generally cycles and drives approximately 3,000 miles per year. Still, her remarks sparked outrage over “range anxiety,” the dread that electric vehicle users have of running out of charge before reaching a charging station.
According to Ian Plummer, who works at the Auto Trader, as a commercial director, the UK now has 25,000 public charging points, with roughly 5,000 of them being quick or ultra-rapid. “Range anxiety and concerns about a lack of charging infrastructure continue to be two of the most significant hurdles to consumer uptake of alternative fuel vehicles. Modern electric vehicles, on the other hand, are more than able to meet the great majority of journeys, with an average capacity of more than 190 miles on a charge.”
Drivers should, in any case, take a break after every 200 miles of driving, according to Edmund King, president of the Automobile Association. “Long-distance drivers should take frequent pauses to preserve their safety; therefore, now is the best time to charge the vehicle. With additional chargers and increased range on new models, range anxiety will keep declining.”
Plug-in vehicles, which include both solely hybrid and electric vehicles, accounted for 14.5 percent of new vehicle registrations between the month of January and June this year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Around 1.3 percent of cars on the British roads were plug-ins at the end of last year.
The SMMT’s Mike Hawes urged for greater electric car infrastructure, saying, “Range anxiety is best addressed by dramatically raising the quantity of public charging outlets, both on the motorway and on-street network.” If drivers are to be persuaded to make the changeover, they must have confidence that they will be able to find an available, functional charging station wherever they are.”
The government has established a deadline for the sale of new gasoline and diesel automobiles, which will be prohibited starting in 2030. Many more charging stations are likely to be required to persuade consumers to switch before the deadline. During a recent voyage from Land’s End to John o’Groats, the Guardian’s Sam Wollaston discovered that several charging points were inoperable or involved long lines.