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Research reveals opportunity for home EV charging

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A new report by the RAC Foundation has highlighted the opportunity for street electric vehicle (EV) charging at home.

According to the new report, 'Standing Still', 18 million (65%) of Britain’s 27.6 million households have, or have the potential to have, enough off-street parking to accommodate at least one car or van, presenting an opportunity for charging electric vehicles (EVs) at home.

The research found that in Wales, 75% of households have – or could have – off-street parking and EV charging, 68% in England, 63% in Scotland and 44% in London.

The average car or van in England is driven just 4% of the time, a figure that has ‘barely changed’ in quarter of a century, the report found.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The average car is driven just one hour out of every 24, a proportion that is almost the same as it was back in 1995.

“However, this lack of use does have one silver lining. It means that there is ample opportunity for recharging the next generation of electric vehicles, particularly at home, or at work – so making best use of our cars’ ‘down-time’ rather than us having to make a specific trip just to get refuelled.

“There is clearly a lot of attention focused on providing a rapid public charging network to help address drivers’ range anxiety, but this data shows there is plenty of scope for slower, potentially cheaper recharging facilities to be installed at people’s homes, where the average car spends so much of its time.”

The report looks at data provided by the net zero data analytics consultancy Field Dynamics and the Ordnance Survey, as well as Government statistics, the RAC said. 

Ben Allan, managing director of Field Dynamics, said: “In the past, it mattered little where people parked their cars and vans, just as long as they were safe and close.

“However, how these vehicles are parked now can make a significant difference to our progress to Net Zero as that passive stationary time evolves to an active charging and network balancing session.

“This excellent piece of work by the RAC Foundation creates a tremendous baseline for the industry to build on, we are very proud to have been part of the work.”

Read the RAC Foundation's Standing Still report

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