Ban PHEVs From Charging Points Says New Report

Mon 10th Dec 2018

Hybrid vehicles could be banned from charging their cars at public EV points if the recommendations on a major new report are undertaken.

The report which has been written for the RAC Foundation suggests that Plug-in hybrids take too long to charge and take up bays which could otherwise be used by ‘pure’ electric vehicles.

Some PHEV vehicles can take four times as long to achieve the same range as ‘pure’ EV models on the same charging point. This is mainly due to the fact that PHEVs cannot accept a higher rate of charge and are limited.

The report focuses on the development of the UK Public Chargepoint Network and has been written by industry expert Harold Dermott, who has worked for a number of years in the EV charging infrastructure business. Dermott’s other recommendations include a need for all new homes to be built with a provision for 7kw EV charging and also giving charging point locations the same facilities as traditional fuel stations, including toilets, lighting and protection from the elements.

Recent analysis suggests that the UK network is not currently prepared for the growing demand for EV cars, there is a major lack of EV charging points, which is a major concern for those worried about being left stranded in a car without power. Dermott’s report backs up these beliefs and concludes the same in his 68 page report saying: “The UK is about to undergo the biggest revolution in personal mobility for over a century, and we are not well prepared. The disruptive change, to electric propulsion and eventually automated (driverless) vehicles, is promoting fear, uncertainty and doubt in the minds of those facing it, which is everyone who currently drives a motor vehicle.

“There are huge potential benefits for the UK offered by the change to automated and electric vehicles, as the government have identified in their document ‘The Road to Zero’. However, without a strong co-ordinating body to project-manage this programme across all the sectors involved, success is unlikely. Since the government expects private industry to deliver nearly all of it, the programme must, as a minimum, motivate the different sectors to have common objectives, with a common message for the bewildered public.”