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90% of plug-in vehicle charging takes place at home

New data from Chargemaster finds that more than 90% of electric vehicle charging takes place at home while total charging volumes have almost tripled since 2014 (163% increase).

With the average commute in the UK less than 10 miles, the majority of plug-in car and van drivers are able to charge entirely at home or work, only occasionally using public chargepoints as a back-up or additional top-up for longer journeys.

Meanwhile more than a third of UK motorists never travel more than 80 miles in a single trip, comfortably within the 100-mile range of most pure electric vehicles.

In response, Go Ultra Low has said that the research shows that more motorists could turn to plug-in vehicles. Hetal Shah, head of the campaign, said: “The reasoning is simple – why should motorists have to go out of their way, regularly spending time at petrol stations, when it is easy to ‘refuel’ from the comfort of their own home, simply by plugging in an electric car? EV-sceptics sometimes question the usability of the UK’s roadside charging infrastructure, but this new data indicates that it is an important, but not critical, facility for most electric vehicle owners.”

Natalie Middleton

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