UK to Add 140 More DC Quick Chargers

FEB 5 2014 BY MARK KANE 9

Nissan, Ecotricity and IKEA Are Installing Fast Chargers At All 17 Locations In The UK - All CHAdeMO, Which Also Means All Free For Nissan LEAF Drivers

Nissan, Ecotricity and IKEA Are Installing Fast Chargers At All 17 Locations In The UK

UK Deputy Prime Minister recently announced that government will invest more than £9 million (which will come from the £37 million for electric vehicle infrastructure announced back in July 2013) to boost the number of charging points for electric cars.

This amount of money will enable the UK to install hundreds of additional charging points.

“There are already more charging points than filling stations in London, but to make driving an electric car possible for everyone, the £9 million funding will be used to create hundreds more charging points across the country, including 140 new rapid chargepoints which can charge an electric car in less than half an hour. This will cement the UK’s position as one of the best for electric vehicle recharging networks in Europe.”

140 QCs in UK will go of course be above the 195 noted by Nissan that are already installed and above the 74 others that will be installed as part of another project – Rapid Charge Network (RCN). So, the UK will have very dense QC network compared to most other countries.

New QCs almost for sure will have different plugs for CHAdeMO, AC Type 2 and Combo, because we see several manufacturers including BMW, Nissan and Renault supporting this plan.

Besides the 140 QCs, there will be hundreds more standard charging points installed in addition to the UK’s current 6,000.

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“There are already more charging points than filling stations in London”

Are there more charge cables than fuel pumps? This is the better comparison.

Although I am highly jealous. I hope this rate of growth doesn’t slow down anytime soon. And I hope it spreads upstate to me sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately most of them are hardly used.
The take up rate for electric cars in the UK has been derisory.
This may change with the i3, which is a very Knightsbridge sort of car, and exempt from congestion charging, which saves £10 a day.

For once though the Government has a clear and consistent plan on alternative fuelled vehicles, with a recent announcement that the £5,000 point of sale incentive will remain in place until sales reach 5%, which is about 100,000 cars annually, or 700,000 a year or so adjusted to compare to the US sales.

Many people whinge on about the supposedly vast costs of hydrogen infrastructure, which the UK is also supporting.
Over the next decade or so until volume is high enough not to need subsidy, the UK Government reckons that they will spend £400 million on it.

For comparison, the high speed rail link from London to Birmingham is costed at £50 billion or so.

1% of that to revolutionise road transport does not seem like a bad deal.

The levels of support envisaged for charging infrastructure is seen as being in the same ball-park.

A lot more people use cars than regularly travel from London to Birmingham.

At least it solves the chicken & the egg dilemma.

Whatever may be the case in the US, hydrogen infrastructure is going to happen in Europe, Japan and Korea.

The budgets for it are in place, and in all those regions they are simply used to having more than one sort of fuel at filling stations, so rolling out one more is not regarded as the big deal it is in the US.

I don’t see affordable fuel cell vehicles in the near future.

London is actually very small (in terms of actual size not population) and the vast majority of cars are driven in and out of it during the day rather than being owned by residents so there is actually very little need for petrol stations. Clearly there are some but really for a city with 8 million people in it, it has very few petrol stations. Considering the number of people commuting into it every day it also, IMO, has very few cars in it.

Car ownership in London is lower than in the rest of the country, but there are still a heck of a lot of cars.

‘So there are roughly three cars for every four households in London, compared to nearly five in the rest of Britain.’
http://londontransportdata.wordpress.com/category/subject/car-ownership/

When people think of London, they tend to think of the centre. Most of the 8 million people do not live there, but in more spread out suburbs with higher car ownership.

Uh . . . can we get some more multi-format chargers in the USA please?

A government actually doing their job and installing fast chargers. Is this a first in the world?