Electric cars: What if you live in an apartment?

In the street where I live, no one owns an electric car – since there are no driveways to calculate.

In fact, almost a third of the car owners in the UK, there is no off-street Parking, you live in an apartment or a terraced house.

Public charging stations are not always an option, even in large cities, the next option is often a 20-minute walk.

It is a problem that the government is doing its best to address, but the pace of change is slow.

In the meantime, the worry is that the electric-car revolution could cities by the pass-millions of people, particularly in the interior.

But there are some things that flat-do residents, to possess an electric-vehicle (EV).The Council granted

An option is to ask them install at your local authority, charging point in your street.

The government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has been set aside. £4.5 m of such applications in the next two years

OLEV will pay up to 75% of the cost of the installation, to a maximum of £7,500.

The need for councils to find, only 25% of the cost.There is a charge point in the vicinity of me?

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However, since 2016 is only five local authorities have applied for money from the scheme: Portsmouth, Kensington and Chelsea, Cambridge, Luton and Kettering.

Together, they installed 50 charging stations between them.

As a result, the government has written to all local councils, they say to you, it’s a lot of money in the pot, and you should use it.

“Millions of households in the UK, not off-street Parking, so that these funds are important to the local councils to ensure that all its residents can take advantage of this revolution,” said a frustrated transport Minister, Jesse Norman.
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Switching to electric cars will take some time

But some cash-short local authorities are still worried about the cost, as well as to inundate the streets with dedicated Parking.Payment for the work

Thanks to government subsidies, more and more employers are the Installation of charging stations at work.

Up to the year 2022, the half of the companies expect to Parking spaces, at least one load device.

Matthew Thomason, who lives in a apartment in Nottingham, has been able to the advantages of such a system at Rolls-Royce, where he works as an engineer on the engine, in the Airbus A350.

He commutes 17 miles to Derby, every day, and charges with his Renault Zoe at the Parking lot for about four hours.

“It’s just so convenient,” he says.

“It is about as well as a charge point at home.”

But he thinks that a lot of other flat-dwellers still struggle with the load network.

“It is definitely improve. If we want mass have the recording, then you need to make it easier.”Lamp-post-charge

It is in the big cities, which are most affected by the lack of access roads, and have a high proportion of flat-dwellers.

But it is precisely these areas where electric cars are an effective means to reduce the environmental pollution.

Four councils in London – Richmond, Hounslow, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea were charging stations are installed, tested, light poles next to Parking bays.


Maybe these are not as powerful as dedicated quick or fast charge points, but they are cheaper to install and require no additional street furniture.

In partnership with OVO energy, Kensington and Chelsea, is currently with an extra 50 lamp-post-charging stations installed, all powered by renewable energy.

“Most of the residents do not have access to off-street Parking spaces for charging an electric vehicle,” says Cllr Gerard Hargreaves from Kensington and Chelsea Council.

“Retro-fitting street lights with charging technology, the driver can easily your vehicles charging closer to home, and helps to combat air pollution in London.”Offer

Among the other options, public charging stations are in the vicinity of where you live, or in a supermarket, for example.

In total, there are now 5244 places to charge your car, around 20% of them in London.

Elsewhere, especially in rural areas such as Wales, coverage is very patchy.

But since a lot of charge point locations have multiple power outlets, there are 14,839 “connections”.

But Justin Benson, UK head of automotive at consulting firm KPMG, believes that improvements in battery technology will soon change the dynamics of the re-charging.

Within a few years the cars have a range of up to 300 miles (500 km) between charges, double that of current vehicles.

So the owner will no longer be charging their cars every night.

“If you would like to buy an electric vehicle I would not prevent anyone who lives in an apartment,” says Mr Benson.

“The main reason for this is that the average EV driver will soon be recharged for 200-300 mile range.

“We see you charging it once a week or once every ten days.”

He also believes that the biggest thing holding back the adoption of electric cars is the charging network, but the price of the car itself and the lack of certainty about their value second-hand.”Missing Goals”

The government is convinced that it is doing everything he can to improve the charging network.

Among other initiatives are:To install a plan, download points a minimum of every 20 kilometres of motorways and roads in EnglandA scheme to £200m for the company, make available charge pointsPlans to install 17 quick charging hubs in the inner cities and on roads ringThe electric vehicle home Charge scheme, which allows up to £500 for an extra points in admissions


A Department for Transport spokeswoman for the BBC said:

“Additional measures will be made under the Automatic and Electric vehicles draft law, the increase in the number of public charging stations, make them more convenient to access and work seamlessly across the UK.”

However, a group of members of the environmental Audit Committee says the government is still not enough to do, in order to transport participants to buy low-emission vehicles.

And it threw a Minister to fall behind on their own goals – namely, that “most” cars and vans should be electric by 2030.

Last month, less than 2% of the vehicles sold in the UK were electric.

To change if those who live not on their own drive, or in an apartment, you need to buy a lot of convincing to do.