Nearly half of all UK homes are ‘unsuitable’ for electric vehicle charging

Nearly half of all UK homes are ‘unsuitable’ for electric vehicle charging

It is estimated that more than two fifths (44%) of UK homes are currently unsuitable for charging an electric vehicle (EV) due to the lack of off-road parking. Research from Lloyds Bank suggests that only 56% of British homes can currently support electric charging points, which it says can exclude many people from being able to make the shift to an EV.

The UK Government has recently brought in new laws for housebuilders which require them to ensure new-build homes, workplaces and supermarkets have a charge point installed. This data suggests that many people will remain unable to charge an EV at their home.

Even so, the charging infrastructure in the UK is improving, with data showing that there are more than 36,000 charging points across the UK.

Lloyds Bank Transport Director, Nick Williams, has said: “The growth we have seen in electric vehicle registrations is encouraging but, with many in the UK living in properties where installing a home charging port isn’t a viable option, having a reliable charging infrastructure is absolutely vital for the UK’s transition to net zero.

“The Government has made positive steps by ensuring new build homes are fully equipped to have charging facilities, but many will have to continue to rely on charging an electric vehicle somewhere other than at home.

“This means there remains a need for focused investment in public charging points in residential, and particularly rural, areas.

“We’ll only make real progress in becoming a nation of sustainable drivers if we don’t leave anyone behind – no matter where they live in the country or their home set-up.”

The survey also shows that there are parts of the UK in which areas are better equipped for charging electric vehicles.

For example, the large portion of people living in flats in London remains a challenge for charging, however residents of the city tend to believe that charging coverage and facilities are sufficient (54%). In comparison, only a fifth (22%) of those who are living in the Midlands agree that this is the case for their area.

Nationally, fewer than a third (30%) of people have a positive view on the availability of charge points. The cost-of-living crisis is another factor affecting many peoples driving decisions.

Just under half (48%) of British people surveyed are now driving less because of fuel costs, with 30% saying they have been forced to postpone buying their next vehicle, by an average of 2 years. This could mean that people are slower to adopt EV vehicles, as 18% say they are now less likely to buy one due to cost-of-living challenges.

So, what are your options if you want to switch to an EV vehicle for your business, but need a place to charge?

Our Shell EV Card

One partner for all day-to-day transport expenses from fuel and EV charging, to serving drivers with quality food and rest facilities. Shell is leading the way to make charging easier and available for everyone.
With Shell EV Cards there is a £5.99 per month subscription fee, a 55p transactions fee and the price of the electricity is dependent on the site. At Shell sites, there is a 3p discount per kWh. All charges are exclusive of VAT. Your drivers can also collect points on the Shell GO app with this card.

You can use the Shell EV Card at Shell Recharge, Alfa Power Charging, ChargePoint Inc,, E-Flux, ESB, EV-Box, EVDriver, Fastned, Franklin Energy,, Ionity, LastMileSolutions, Osprey, New Motion, Vattenfall UK, and Virta charging networks. The Shell EV Card allows you to use 3800 conventional fuel stations to purchase Diesel, Petrol, Lubricants, AdBlue, LPG and M6 Toll charges.

All transactions are secure as all cards are PIN protected giving you tighter spending controls and reducing the risk of fraud. Register the cards to either a driver or vehicle
Our customers can log into a free online portal at any time. Through the web portal, our customers can access detailed invoices showing the site, registration, date, time and quantity of fuel drawn and mileage recordings. Bespoke reports are available on request.

Payment terms are twice monthly by Direct Debit. Weekly Payment terms are also available. Transactions from the 1st to the 15th of the month become payable at the end of the current month, and transactions from the 16th to the 31st of the month become payable on the 15th of the following month, giving you up to 30 days interest free credit.

Shell Recharge

Shell’s on-forecourt rapid-charging EV network that uses 100% certified renewable energy. It provides vehicle with 0-80% charge in 30 minutes. With 92 charge points, Shell has the ambition to increase the network where it’s needed.
Shell Recharge provides fleets with convenient ways to charge their cars on-the-go, however far they’re travelling.

While recharging, drivers can use their charge time to enjoy the facilities, grab a refreshment and take a well-earned rest.

Why is E-mobility Good For Business?

Reduce Costs

Increase efficiency, reduce consumption of traditional fuels and lower emissions.

Continue to showcase climate leadership

Climate leaders are those who are pushing the limit for what companies or organisations can do to combat climate change.

Meet regulations

Develop emissions management to conform with ever-increasing legislation.

Improve competitiveness

Embrace technology that gives you more insight and control, equipping your fleet to compete more effectively.

Nearly half of all UK homes are ‘unsuitable’ for electric vehicle charging

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