EVs in 2022
As we step into a new year, the race to becoming net carbon neutral by 2050 is coming closer.
As more drivers look to alternative fuel sources, 2021 saw a massive increase in electric vehicle (EV) sales. Experts predict that this increase in sales will continue into the new year. November 2021 new car sale figures found that 1 in 3 (28%) new cars were plug-in.
With such a high uptake in greener transport options, what does 2022 hold for the future of EVs?
1. Charging infrastructure increase
The increase in EV uptake means an increase in demand for charging facilities. Experts estimate that the number of charging units in the UK will reach 30,000 by the end of the first quarter of 2022. Building up an accessible public charging network will be essential to the success of continued national uptake. An estimated 40% of people in the UK don’t have access to off-street parking, which can deter them from making the switch.
2. CPO Competition
With the rise in EVs on the road, many new energy providers have immerged to meet the demand. There are currently around 70 different charge point operator (CPO) companies that supply the charge points across the UK. But only 13 of those supply around 75% of the UK’s public charging points. 2022 may see a shift in the dominating operators. This shift will see operators charging for power at competitive prices. Alex Earl, Commercial Director at Zap-Map said predicted prices will sit at around 40p per kWh for ‘en route’ hubs. This will also see the customer experience and make it easy to pay a high priority for COPs. This includes cross-network and contactless payment options.
3. EV Fleets
As well as public transport, EVs may enter into different sectors. Experts are predicting a large increase in EV uptake for businesses. Volvo was recently seen testing their range of EV heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) near the arctic circle to see how they handle the extreme weather. They have said that they expect 50% of all, their fleet vehicle sales will be EVs by 2030. With technology advancing andEVs becoming the norm, Alex Earl predicts that businesses will soon need to present their carbon footprint in a yearly report.
He said, “Companies will also need to demonstrate how and where they are reducing their carbon emissions. And this will only become more important as the year progresses”.
This means EVs are becoming a more sustainable option for businesses looking to update their fleet transport options.
4. New build legislation
In November the government announced new legislation that will make home charging more accessible. The new law will see all new build properties required to install a home charging port. This includes new build homes, offices, supermarkets, and any buildings undergoing a major renovation. These new regulations will see up to 145,000 new charge points installed across England every year. Updates to the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme to focus more on rented accommodation. Coming into action from April 2022, this will help residents find sustainable charging options.
Ben Lane, Co-founder & CTO at Zap-Map said:
“With the start of the New Year, there’s no turning back the from switch to EVs. This decade will mark the end of the internal combustion engine”.
How can we help?
At Cambrian Fuel Card Services, we are doing our part in becoming a more eco-conscious community. We’ve partnered with Ecologi to offset the carbon produced at our head office. Through this, we have planted over 1500 trees to date. If your fleet is looking to make 2022 a green one, then our Shell EV card could be the perfect partner. With access to over 7500 charge points across the UK, your drivers are never too far from recharging their batteries.
EVs in 2022