Ahead of Ofgem’s launch of its COP26 ‘green, fair future’ campaign, new research has found that almost one in four (24%) consumers, or 6.5m UK households, plan to buy an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid in the next five years.
The Climate Change Committee, an independent public body that advises the UK government and devolved governments, anticipates around 18m battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will be on the road by that time, in part thanks to the ban on the sale of new internal combustion vehicles being introduced in 2030.
There are more than half a million ultra-low-emission vehicles on Britain’s roads, the Department for Transport said recently. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, nearly one in seven of new cars sold in the past four months were battery electric or plug-in hybrids. Electric and hybrid cars made up more than one in 10 sales last year, up from one in 30 the year before.
The Ofgem research also shows that more than a third of households said they were unlikely to buy an electric vehicle in the next five years, with 59% of them stating that the price is too high, 38% voicing concerns about a short battery life and short range, while 36% worried about having nowhere to charge their electric vehicle close to home.
Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem’s chief executive, said: “As more consumers make the switch to electric vehicles in the next five years, Ofgem will be announcing millions of pounds of investment to create a more flexible energy system to support the electrification of vehicles, renewable generation and low carbon forms of heat.
“Securing the investment is only half of the answer. Climate change can only be tackled if consumers are engaged in the process. For this to happen the transition to a low carbon economy needs to be fair, inclusive and affordable.”
At Hero Renewables we want all homeowners to have the option of having an EV charger at their disposal. This is because, having a charger at home allows you to just plug it and carry on with whatever you want to do.
Depending on the size of the unit installed, a home electric charging point can charge your car from flat to full in anywhere between one and seven hours. This is certainly quicker than charging from the mains, which takes a minimum of six hours.
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