An electric vehicle charging company has given a confidence boost to motorists thinking of purchasing an EV in the future by committing to rapidly expanding the infrastructure of charging points.

Chargemaster – the largest provider of electric vehicle plug-in points in the UK – predicts the number of EVs on the road by 2020 to be 500,000, with 8m on roads by 2030.

The firm has committed to its charging expansion by investing £50m into charging infrastructure over the next two years as part of its growing Polar network – the largest charging scheme in the country.

Currently there are over 15,000 electric charging connectors in the UK, although by 2020 there is expected to be a huge 70,000 charging point sockets.

Ahead of significant EV reveals at the Geneva Motor Show, including the Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar I-Pace and the Skoda Vision X, Chargemaster has committed to ensuring there will be enough chargers to meet future demand.

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, said: “The biggest driver of electric car take-up will be consumer choice, and the array of new models being shown in Geneva shows that the market is about to explode.

“Car buyers can rest assured that the charging infrastructure to support these vehicles will keep pace with the electric car market itself, as we will deploy thousands of home, workplace and public charging points over the coming years.”

Ted Welford


March 5, 2018