Thinking of getting an electric car? Be careful if you live in these areas… UK cities with the highest percentage of broken charging points revealed
- Londonderry, Northern Ireland has the highest number of broken EV charging points with a staggering 30 per cent of their existing chargers not working
- Worcester has almost 23 per cent and Ipswich following in third at 22.7 per cent
Buying a car nowadays involves the added decision of whether or not to go electric.
But if you are in the market for one, it is worth taking note of the UK cities found to have the highest number of broken charging points which stop you from keeping your car ready to run.
Londonderry has the highest number of broken electric car charging points, with a staggering 30 per cent of their existing chargers not working.
Following closely is the West Midlands city of Worcester with almost one in four (23 per cent) of their available charging points broken.
Ipswich has the third highest number of broken chargers due to 22.7 per cent of their EV charging stations currently not working.
Currently, there are over 37,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide, but findings show that roughly 480,000 public charging stations will be needed to meet the ‘Road to 2030’ target.
UK cities with the highest percentage of broken charging points have been revealed, with Londonderry topping the list with a staggering 30 per cent of their existing chargers not working. Following closely behind is Worcester with 23 per cent and Ipswich with 22.7 per cent
One of the biggest problems plaguing the EV sector is accessibility to charging stations across the country which puts pressure on councils to place chargers in the right areas and keep them working.
Solar lights supplier The Solar Centre analysed the latest data recording the number of EV chargers in towns and cities across the UK to discover which locations have the highest percentage of broken electric vehicle charging points.
Completing the top five cities with the highest number of broken EV charging points is Newcastle and York, with 21.4 and 21.2 per cent, respectively.
Currently, there are estimated 47 EV charging points per 100,000 people in northeast England, whilst Yorkshire has some of the lowest numbers in the UK.
Finishing the top ten is Huddersfield (21.1 per cent), Southend-on-Sea (21.1 per cent), Maidstone (19 per cent), Blackburn (18.5 per cent), and Hereford (18.2 per cent).
On the other end of the spectrum, seven cities were shown to have 100 per cent functioning EV chargers, including the likes of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire and Darlington, County Durham.
All three locations have benefitted from additional funding to improve their EV infrastructure.
For instance, Nottinghamshire benefitted from funding provided by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles to expand the public EV network, whereas County Durham council will receive £3.1 million to install a further 150 EV charging stations across the county.
The top spot being named as Londonderry comes after a recent report regarding Northern Irish attitudes towards electric vehicles found that 44 per cent of respondents felt discouraged about purchasing an electric vehicle due to the need to recharge it.
Currently, there are over 37,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide, but findings show that roughly 480,000 public charging stations will be needed to meet the ‘Road to 2030’ target (file photo)
The Northern Ireland government recently announced its plans to invest £3.27 million into upgrading the EV network across the country by replacing unreliable chargers and upgrading fast chargers to rapid ones.
Sat at second place, Worcester City Council have set proposals to increase the number of EV charging points with a long-term goal of developing a rollout strategy to place more public chargers around the city.
Similar to Worcester, Ipswich is also looking to increase the number of public charging points, especially around borough car parks, and last year it was announced that fourteen new charging points were being considered for installation
Brian Davenport, owner and co-founder at The Solar Centre commented: ‘Electric cars are eco-friendly, convenient, and have lower running costs, but a lack of available chargers and inconsistency in their ability to work could put drivers off.
‘With the Road to 2030 only a mere seven years away, it’s vital local councils are given additional budgets to ensure their EV charging points are working and placed in convenient areas to encourage more drivers to switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric.’