A LACK of charging points and strain on the National Grid are now the main barriers to driverless electric vehicle uptake, according to a leading insurance firm.
Amanda Blanc, the UK boss of Axa, says that these issues have overtaken concerns about who’s to blame in the event of a crash, reports The Guardian.
Blanc pointed to a recent experience she had with her own Tesla while driving to Edinburgh from London. She had to stop twice with her family and went for a coffee while her vehicle recharged, but said: “In three to four years’ time when more people are buying electric, you do not want to have to queue for your supercharger.
“The infrastructure has to be fixed.”
According to charging point finder Zap Map, there are almost 5,000 charging locations in the UK, with nearly 15,000 connections. Of those, just 2,600 are fast chargers, which can charge an average electric vehicle to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes.
Blanc also raised concerns about the National Grid’s ability to cope once electric vehicles become the norm. She said: “If suddenly everyone’s got one [an electric car] I’m not sure how the National Grid is going to cope with that.
“If in the Coronation Street break everyone goes to put the kettle on and that causes problems, just imagine what will happen if everybody comes home from work at six o’clock and switches their cars on to charge – we have to be smarter about renewables and regenerating electricity. That’s a real challenge.”