Best Places to Charge your Electric Car

November 7, 2019

If you are interested in upgrading your current black cab or standard taxi to a brand new electric vehicle, you will be interested in the latest figures released by the government on charging points. The league tables show the regions across the UK with the most EV charging stations.

Unsurprisingly London comes out top of the league, closely followed by Scotland. This is based on the number of electric charging stations in each region per 100,000 population, as shown on the map.

We should see these figures increasing, as local authorities have been offered funding of £5 million for new charging points.

The Government Plans

The British Government aim to have net-zero carbon emissions in the country by 2050*. This plan has been described as one of the most ambitious in the world and means any emissions would need to be balanced by schemes like planting trees or using carbon capture technology. 

To achieve this, Scottish Power have estimated we will need 25 million charging points for electric vehicles which equates to installing around 4,000 a day. We will also be required to exchange our current domestic gas boilers with 23 million electric heat pumps.

To achieve all this, it is estimated that costs will total up to £300 billion.

Going Green

Under government plans, new electric vehicle drivers could be offered new green number plates. Local authorities have also been encouraged to offer cheaper parking for electric cars as an incentive to boost EV sales.

Figures up to the end of September 2019 show that the number of EV cars registered has risen to 25,000 which is an increase of almost 10, 000 from the previous year. 

The government’s league tables below detail the number of standard charging points and rapid charging points across each region. 

 

EV Charging Explained

Rapid, fast and slow are the main types of EV charging differentiated by different power outputs and charging speeds**. 

Rapid charging devices are rated at 43kW or above, while ultra-rapid chargers are those above 100kW. Both will charge the majority of EVs to 80% in around 30-60 minutes (depending on battery capacity). Fast charging devices typically fully charge an electric vehicle in 3-4 hours and are rated between 7-22kW. Slow devices are typically 3.6kW and found to be best used for overnight charging.

Different EV models charge at different speeds, depending on the battery capacity and what on-board charger has been fitted. 

Our Electric Vehicles 

Here at Cab Direct we currently offer the award-winning Hyundai Ionic and Nissan Leaf fully electric vehicles, and will soon be adding the Kia E-Niro to the range. All of these vehicles are compatible with slow, fast, and rapid charging from public points, depending on network availability and type of charge unit.

Supplied with the cars are the cables required to slow and fast charge: slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable. For rapid charging, you should attach the CCS connector to the charging unit.

We also offer a range of hybrid vehicles, including the popular Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

For more information on our range of green taxis, please visit our Hybrid/Electric taxis section on our website.

 

Sources:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50261278
*https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law
** https://www.zap-map.com/charge-points/charging-home/

 

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