You could say they’re unplugging once and for all…
A shocking report from The Sun claims “droves” of electric car owners in the island nation are switching back to gas-burning vehicles. Depending on how you view EVs this claim could be infuriating or elating, with either claims of bias or a feeling of validation. We’re more interested in what this means for EVs there and here moving forward.
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According to the report, a surge in new car sales for the UK is being driven by petrol models, not EVs. That’s believable considering electric vehicles are still quite niche. After all, for 2022 only 5.8% of the US new car market constituted EVs.
According to The Sun, ICE vehicles in the UK saw an increase in registrations during January while EVs saw more modest growth. To be fair, a single month snapshot versus figures from all of 2022 isn’t an entirely fair measure.
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Around 40 cars waiting to charge yesterday. The future?
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— Andy Harris (@YTimesMotoring) December 28, 2022
More disturbing is the claim that for every public car charger in the UK there are 30 EVs. Obviously, in some areas charging stations are going to be more crowded than others. Apparently during the Christmas season Tesla drivers there had to wait in three-hour lines for the privilege of plugging their ride in. We’ve seen similar backups in some parts of the US.
That kind of inconvenience is enough to make some people sell their EV and never look back, at least for now. But others see this problem as just a growing pain, arguing it’s better than the virtually empty charging stations you might see in some areas. So there’s more than one way to look at the crowds.
Are we seeing a great EV exodus or is this just a few owners throwing a hissy fit over waiting in lines? The numbers cited by The Sun don’t back up any claims of some mass abandonment of EVs in the UK.
Source: The Sun
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