A company that specialises in taking UK car parking bookings says it has seen a rapid rise in the number of EVs using its spaces.
The study by YourParkingSpace.co.uk, revealed that parking bookings for pure EVs – some of which come with a charging option so drivers can top up their battery – rose 72% in 2020 compared with the previous year.
Hybrid vehicle parking bookings also increased by 58% year-on-year, while diesel vehicles made up 44% of its parking bookings in 2020, a drop of 15% on 2019.
Geographically, the survey showed that parking bookings for EVs in London more than doubled from 2019 to 2020.
Conversely, the number of diesel vehicle parking bookings was down in every city – apart from Aberdeen – with the decline as high as 25% in Liverpool.
YourParkingSpace.co.uk has 250,000 parking spaces available to pre-book online, ranging from private driveways through to commercial car parks.
Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “Our data clearly shows that more-and-more Brits are turning their backs on diesel vehicles.
“On the other hand, YourParkingSpace.co.uk has also seen a sharp increase in the number of motorists looking for a parking space to leave their electric vehicle.
“This trend is something that YourParkingSpace.co.uk takes very seriously and we are introducing more spaces on a daily basis where EV owners also have the option of pre-booking a charging facility at the same time.
“The ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK is less than 10 years away, no doubt hastening the shift to other low carbon forms of transport.
“It’s therefore important that the charging infrastructure will be able to cope a significant increase in electric vehicles. One solution is for homeowners with an empty driveway and EV charging facility to rent it out to other motorists when they are not using it on such pre-bookable parking platforms as YourParkingSpace.co.uk.”