Vauxhall has partnered with the leading online car marketplace, carwow, as it continues to accelerate the ground-breaking Electric Streets of Britain programme launched in the summer of 2023.
Through access to carwow’s extensive database, Vauxhall can work with councils to pinpoint where interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is strongest across the country and where the requirement lies for on-street charge point installation to be accelerated.
Figures from carwow reveal that 15% of car enquiries so far this year have been for EVs, based on an analysis of its database of over 320,000 car enquiries in 2023. With the Government’s mandate to stop the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035, the disparity between EV interest and charge point installation highlights the scale of growth required in the UK’s charging network to keep pace with EV sales.
Last month, more than 45,000 EVs were registered in the UK, representing a peak 17%5 of the new car market, while just 1,432 public EV charging devices were added to the ZapMap database6.
Vauxhall’s Electric Streets of Britain aims to address the lack of on-street charging provision in the UK, a key barrier to entry for motorists. Research revealed that more than 70% of UK councils currently do not have a published strategy in place for residential on-street charging for electric vehicles and that 69% of local authorities have yet to install any on-street chargers2.
The majority of EV charging (80%) is completed at home as it represents the most cost-effective and convenient method for motorists – yet 40% of UK households do not have access to off-street parking, a figure that rises above 60% in urban areas.
James Taylor, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “We know that over 70% of UK councils have no published strategy for residential on-street charging and want to help local authorities install charging infrastructure where it’s needed, so car buyers are not put off by a lack of available charging as the number of EVs on the road grows.
“From 2035, Government mandate dictates that all new cars sold must be electric, and this data shows there is work to do to support consumers making the switch. Electric Streets is just part of a package of measures Vauxhall is introducing to improve accessibility, including everything from investing in EV manufacturing in the UK, at our Ellesmere Port facility, to introducing long-term PCP deals for customers.”
Despite delaying the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to 2035, the Government’s zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate still comes into force next year. It requires a minimum 22% of cars, and 10% of vans, sold by manufacturers to be electric.
carwow’s share of enquiry by fuel type data demonstrates that nationwide interest in electric vehicles needs to increase by 7% if car makers are to hit the UK’s mandated 22% EV market share next year.
Through Electric Streets of Britain, Vauxhall has established an ‘Enablement Fund’ to help improve Local Authority understanding of residential on-street charging needs, working with leading charging operators char.gy, Connected Kerb and SureCharge.
The Electric Streets of Britain programme also includes a new national database at http://electricstreets.co.uk/ for the public to register their charging needs. carwow has joined the initiative to help drive EV adoption as the UK transitions to electric.
Sepi Arani, Commercial Director at carwow said: “It’s promising to see that people across all parts of the country are looking to make the switch to electric as we move from the innovators and the early adopters already driving EVs to the early majority. Our data clearly demonstrates strong and consistent interest in EVs, despite some motorists living in areas with little private off-street parking.
“What’s key now is that the industry comes together and works with local authorities to not only install more charge points but, critically, ensure installation where they are needed most. It’s not simply about boasting about a total number, but getting the location, accessibility and the type of charger right is the recipe to ensure a significant real-world impact for consumers.
“To see a brand taking the charge on this as a real champion of the consumer speaks volumes for Vauxhall’s continued commitment to support UK motorists. This will avoid any EV infrastructure bottlenecks which could impact uptake over the coming years. Boosting the spread of charging points to smooth the transition to electric will also help the UK to meet its net zero targets.”
Vauxhall will offer a fully electric version of every car and van model in its line-up from 2024. Today, it is the best-selling electric van manufacturer in the country, and its Ellesmere Port plant recently reopened to become Stellantis’ first manufacturing site dedicated to electric models.
For more information, visit http://electricstreets.co.uk
1Data provided to Vauxhall by carwow – January 2023 to September 2023, 321,758 new car enquiries made through carwow.co.uk by fuel type.
2Vauxhall’s Freedom of Information research took place between May – July 2023, issued to 414 councils across the United Kingdom.
3Energy Saving Trust: Charging Electric Vehicles
4TfL Feasibility Study into Electric Vehicle Uptake and the Impacts of Associated Infrastructure (Source: TfL Electric Vehicle Charging Study)
5Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, September 2023
6Zapmap EV charging statistics 2023 https://www.zap-map.com/ev-stats/how-many-charging-points