There are more electrical vehicles on the road every day, last year we saw a 66% increase in electric vehicle registrations, the biggest annual rise yet. Whilst these growing numbers are great, it does bring a worry that there are not enough electric vehicle chargers installed to meet demand.
There has been a big push for charge points recently, 7,000 were installed in 2020 alone, however, this is still too slow. Policy Exchange think-tank said the UK will need 400,000 public charging points by 2039.
This new investment in low carbon projects covers support for 3,550 charging points for electric vehicles. This includes 1,800 new ultra-rapid charging points at motorway service areas. It will also allow a further 1,750 rapid charging points to be installed. As well as motorways, cities and train stations will see an increased network capacity to support more charging points.
Having more charging points will help with ‘range anxiety, Ofgem said.
Ofgem added: “As drivers make the switch from petrol and diesel to electric, Britain’s cables, substations and other infrastructure need a massive upgrade to support this new demand for electricity,”
This investment forms part of a much bigger £40bn investment programme for the energy network as a whole approved last year.
Due to the need for more charging stations, and new funds allowing more to be installed, there’s a new revenue stream for UK electricians who can fit these charging points. In order to fit them, electricians must be competent and trained – installing can be dangerous due to high charging currents. If installed incorrectly, there’s a risk of exporting the PME earthing.
To become fully qualified in EVC equipment installation, electricians could do a training course such as a Level 3 Award in EVC Equipment Installation. This ensures they are competent and offers an extra service to customers.
To become an Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) authorised installer and claim grants such as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Grant (EVHS) or the WCS, you must provide proof that you’ve been trained to install electric vehicle charging points. Unless you’re part of the OLEV scheme, you cannot get the funding.
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