Motoring

Caravan parks ‘can’t cope’ with electric vehicles

Holiday park owners have warned they will not be able to cope with the rising numbers of electric vehicles, the BBC has reported.

The holiday park industry is lobbying government to take charging in remote areas seriously.

Martin Cox, who chairs the Holiday and Home Parks Association, has six chargers for 500 vans and has been told that is his limit at his park is on the Dorset coast, near Bridport.

He said: “In our area there just aren’t many places to charge an electric car.

“So instead of enjoying themselves and visiting local attractions, they will be driving around trying to find a charger.”

Mr Cox compares the challenge of electric car chargers to the rural broadband battle.

For years Dorset and Somerset were left out of high speed broadband networks, because the resident population was small.

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In the same way, there are fewer high speed electric charging points in these remote areas.

He added: “Government is going to have to invest in charging networks in our area.”

Dorset recently received £1m funding from a government scheme aimed at improving electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Simon Williams campaigns on electric car issues for the RAC.

He said: “People should go to an electric forecourt, much like a petrol station, and recharge quickly there.”

Today, there are 38,942 chargers in Britain, with 7,426 classed as rapid or ultra rapid.

RAC research found electric motorists pay 75p/kWh at rapid chargers, compared with just 34p plugging in at home.

Crucially 75p/kWh makes electric driving more expensive than petrol.

Compared with a petrol car running at 45 miles to the gallon, 75p/kWh electricity is equivalent to paying £2.30 per litre for petrol.

“The price has to come down,” argues Mr Williams, “or we’re going to put people off switching to electric cars”.

The RAC has joined other electric motoring campaigners calling for action from the government.

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