UK Councils spend £1,750 per car on electric vehicle charging points

UK Councils spend £1,750 per car on electric vehicle charging points

Councils around the United Kingdom spend £1,750 per car on electric vehicle charging points.

Over the past few years, Councils throughout the United Kingdom have spent £7.2m on electric vehicle charging points, though many of them are actually not being used. Recent research actually suggested one in six councils that had electric vehicle charging pints has at least one unit that has not been used whatsoever in the past 12 months. The amount that Councils have spent on charging points actually equals around £1,750 per electric vehicle.

The DFT said it was investing in electric vehicles, though the change wouldn’t happen overnight

The Department for Transport did say that it was investing in electric vehicles, though that the change would not happen overnight. Less than a third of authorities have a charging point that is being used over once a week on average. Over half that are being used, are being used solely by council vehicles.

Freedom of Information requests from 91% of councils in the United Kingdom indicate that 139 have spent £7.21m on charging points since 2010. Recent figures from the DVLA show that there are 4,100 electric vehicles in the United Kingdom, though it can’t say which of the vehicles belong to local authorities or are privately owned. 18% of the 139 councils have said that they had at least one charging unit that had not been used between April of last year and April of this year. 29% of councils had a charging unit that was used over 52 times, within the same time period.

A spokesperson said charging infrastructure needs to be invested in for electric vehicles before people will use it

A Local Government Association spokesperson expressed that there has to be investments in the charging infrastructure before people can begin to use it. Electric vehicles have a huge future international market, though more investment should be in the charging points, as one of the market barriers is the limited range that an electric vehicle has before it has to be recharged.