- Aug 7, 2019
- Reaction score
- Not an MG
To Grant Shapps firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Mr. Shapps,
Perhaps you’re already aware of this situation, but it’s critically important to improving the UK’s EV charging infrastructure, so I’ll briefly write about it in the hope that adding my email to the (hopefully many) more that you’ve received on the subject might add weight to the issue.
UK motorway service stations currently only have Tesla and Ecotricity EV chargers on them. This is a huge problem.
Only Tesla owners can use the wonderful Tesla Supercharger stalls.
That leaves Ecotricity servicing the UK’s entire motorway service infrastructure for the vast majority of electric car drivers. While they initially pioneered the installation of rapid chargers, Ecotricity are now neglecting the network rather than maintaining it adequately or expanding it as they should.
CCS is the connector type that is the standard for rapid charging most EVs. It’s become the standard across Europe.
There should be multiple CCS chargers on each motorway service location, not the single one currently offered by Ecotricity. And in some services, there are none.
I have owned an EV since 2017.
A major obstruction to UK EV adoption is the poor charging infrastructure.
An EV owner taking a long distance journey along motorways can not rely on the Ecotricity chargers because they are likely either out of service or (there being only one) in use by someone else.
There need to be many, many more reliable CCS chargers at motorway services. I would say at least 5 immediately in the busiest locations and ultimately many times this number.
For this to happen the monopoly that Ecotricity have on motorway service station charging needs to be withdrawn. Contract or no.
As the Secretary of State for Transport, is it not your responsibility to ensure that this happens?