From our Swindon Correspondent:
From the Guardian
A couple from Kent have described how it took them more than nine hours to drive 130 miles home from Bournemouth as they struggled to find a working charger capable of producing enough power to their electric car.
Linda Barnes and her husband had to visit six charging stations as one after another they were either out of order, already had a queue or were the slow, older versions that would never be able to provide a fast enough charge in the time.
While the couple seem to have been “incredibly unlucky”, according to the president of the AA, Edmund King, their case highlights some of the problems that need ironing out before electric car owners can rely on the UK’s charging infrastructure.
When they arrived there, a woman who was using it told them she had only got it working by calling the helpline and that the call centre was about to close.
So, because there aren’t enough customers, it’s not worth running a call centre night shift for the odd person using it, because that’s a big expense. Only when you have enough customers is it worth doing it. But that’s then somewhat of a chicken and egg situation – you need the customers to boost that, but people generally won’t adopt until it works.
None of this means that we won’t transition to electric cars, but adoption/infrastructure is like left/right walking, where one side has to wait for the other.
It’s the sort of thing that the wretched planner politicians never think about. And I have no doubt that between now and as we get more electric cars, others will emerge that no-one has thought of. Some of which may derail the whole thing. If you want to stop people doing a thing, tax it (Pigou taxes) and let the market figure out how.