New scrappage scheme plans will affect petrol and diesel owners who switch for this reason

New scrappage scheme plans to pay motorists up to £6,000 for ditching their polluting petrol or diesel car for an electric vehicle could be a serious issue as motorists struggle to top up their new cars. There are fears the sudden switch by motorists over to the electric car market may put a strain on the electric car infrastructure which may leave many unable to top up their cars.  


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Tom Leathes, CEO at warns a lot of motorists making the switch would put a “huge reliance” on public charging which is “severely lacking” in some areas. 

Mr Leathes has revealed electric car ownership makes it “essential” to have an electric charging point installed in a house but this is not possible for every owner. 

Speaking to, Mr Leathes said: “Anyone looking to change their car right now, especially those living near or within ultra-low emission charges will naturally be looking to make the leap to electric if it’s affordable and practical for them to do so.

“Owning an electric car makes having easy access to a charging point essential.

“But not every household has the luxury of off-street parking to fit their own charging point or a public charging point nearby. 

“London, for example, has the lowest percentage of properties with private off-street parking in the UK. 

“That means a huge reliance on public charging infrastructure in the capital, which – while improving all the time – is severely lacking at present in some boroughs.”

The Energising our Electric Vehicle Transition report produced by the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce warned how the National Grid could crumble under increased demand on power. 

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The taskforce recommended that power networks needed to utilise periods of weak demand to cope with the switchover. 

They said there needed to be a greater emphasis on power shortage to better support the grid  while also pushing for further investment. 

Experts have previously warned of a “postcode lottery” for charging infrastructure in the UK with access to stations vastly dependent on where someone lives. 

A recent Uswitch survey revealed there are just 22.9 EVs per charge point in Bristol compared to 268 in Stoke on Trent. 


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Analysis from Euro Car parts also recently revealed Southampton was the most prepared UK city for an electric switchover. 

A recent House of Commons briefing paper on electric vehicles and infrastructure revealed EV ownership “is not practical” without enough charge points around the UK. 

The report revealed there was “uncertainty’” over how many charge points were needed and where theft needed to be located. 

Range anxiety – concern over where motorists can top up their car in long journeys – has often been seen as one of the biggest barriers to the take up of electric vehicles. 

Highways England has a commitment in place to ensure there are charge points every 20 miles on up to 94 percent of the road network by 2020 in a £15million investment. 

Government data revealed the number of chargepoint connectors is increasing with a 50 percent increase between 2018 and 2019 as an extra 10,000 were added. 

However, the report claims the number of chargepoints will need to “increase further” to match the rising demand. 

Mr Leathes has pushed for urgent investment in charging infrastructure to support the latest move as a lack of technology could leave many owners struggling to top up their cars. 

He has called for the government to provide “better financial incentives” to help petrol and diesel owners make the switch to EV’s. 

He told “If the government wants to hit its own targets that by 2040, all new cars and vans sold in the UK should be zero emissions capable. 

“They’ll need to provide better financial incentives to purchase, as well as invest in building the charging infrastructure across the country to support it.”

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