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EVs and 2030 targets - is it feasible?


If like me you live in a terraced house with no roadside access, are you concerned with the target to stop the sale of Petrol / Diesel cars by 2030? With no possibility to install charging points on my property, I'm relying on public charging points to be in place if I want to continue driving beyond my last time purchase of a Petrol / Diesel car. The alternative is obviously to sell up and move if I want home charging.

But will the national infrastructure be in place by 2030 to allow the same level of driving that we currently have today? Or do we all need to face up to the fact that change is coming? 

From the Governments own document Taking charge: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy we can see that by 2030 the number of charge point installations needs to increase significantly from its current rate.

The pace of rollout across the country is too slow for some charge point types, particularly
public on-street charging. The current pace of rollout is too slow to match our projected 2030 needs. In 2021,
around 600 charge points were added to the public charging network every month. If this rate continued, only 58,000 more public charge points would be available by2030, to add to the 29,600 available today.

In September 2022 within the UK there were 33.2 million cars, 4.6 million LGVs, 0.5 million HGVs, and 0.15 million buses and coaches. For perspective, to keep up with predicted demand for 2030, the UK needs 2.3 million charge points. Infrastructure on this level within 7 years seems a long way off. What opinions do you have?