Monday, 8 August 2016

By 2020, Numbers of Electric Car Charging Points May Exceed The Numbers Of Petrol Stations.

“The number of electric car charging points in the UK could exceed the amount of petrol stations within the next four years”

Electric car production is rising rapidly with every passing day and this has also resulted in the rising numbers of charging stations across the UK. Car giant, Nissan has carried out a research and the outcome of the research has shown that Research the number of UK electric car chargers will overtake the number of fuel stations in four years.

Records from 2015 shows that there were just 8,472 fuel stations in the UK, down from 37,539 in 1970. Assuming a steady rate of decline, Nissan predicts that by August 2020 this will fall to under 7,870. If the numbers of petrol stations continue to decline at such rate, there’ll be no more than 7,870 petrol stations in the UK by 2020.

Nissan's research also shows that 98 per cent of motorway services in the UK have charging stations and there are only four gas stations left in London's congestion charge zone as compared to 2011 where only a few hundred chargers were available and by 2016 it has grown to more than 4,100 in 2016 as electric car sales increased too. According to Go Ultra Low, the joint government and car industry campaign, more than 115 electric cars were registered every day in the first quarter of 2016, equivalent to one every 13 minutes. The campaign also believes electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3m electric cars registered each year.

Nissan has shared that its lab is looking to further develop its electric vehicles so as to increase its number applications or uses which is said to include giving back to the national grid - with the built-in batteries in being used to store electricity for use in high-demand periods, in emergencies and generator back-ups.

What do you think about this development? Is it for the best or should it be a thing of worry? Let us know in the comment section below…


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