Rapid charging forecourts ‘key’ to EV switch


Rapid charging forecourts could play a key role in encouraging drivers to make the switch to EVs, new research suggests.

The survey from Venson Automotive Solutions has found that 68% of drivers would be more likely to make the switch to an EV if they knew they could conduct a rapid 30-minute charge at an electric forecourt rather than the inconvenience of charging their vehicle at home.

It was carried out after Gridserve, the sustainable energy company behind the first EV forecourt In Braintree, Essex, said it plans to build 100 more sites in the coming five years, but expects far more sites will be needed.

The Venson survey results agree – 63% of respondents saying they would like to see more investment in public charging points.

It also confirms that company car drivers have an appetite for EVs, with one in four calling for the Transport Minister to introduce new legislation to encourage businesses to move to fully electric company cars and commercial vehicles within the next five years.

Venson has produced several white papers focussed on the benefits of EV fleets.

Alison Bell, Marketing director at Venson Automotive Solutions said, “This new style of forecourt, with rapid charging points and excellent amenities on site, are a glimpse into the future of sustainable travel for both consumer and commercial drivers.

“Alongside convenience stores, high-tech play areas and exercise bikes for visitors to enjoy, the new latest forecourt features comfortable ‘office pods’ to allow company car drivers to stay connected, have meetings and generally avoid down time while their vehicle charges.

“The expansion of the UK’s national charging network, ever-improving battery performance and the falling cost of EVs are helping to make the technology an increasingly popular choice for fleets.”


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