Poole is the most electric car-friendly town in the UK.
That’s according to a new study that has reviewed properties across the country to determine which areas have the most homes with off-street and private parking – allowing electric car owners to have home charge points installed.
While the coastal Dorset town is best prepared, at the opposite end of the scale London was named the least-friendly place for electric cars owners. Less than half of properties for sale in the capital have off-street parking facilities, the research said.
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The UK-wide property review was conducted by car buying comparison website Motorway.co.uk to identify which areas have houses that are best prepared for the switch over to electric power in years to come.
This will be in full force by 2040, when solely petrol or diesel-powered new cars will not allowed to be sold.
It calculated the percentage of homes currently on the market in major towns and cities that had off-street or private parking to enable an electric car owner to install a home plug-in point to charge their alternative fuel vehicles.
The research found that more than nine in 10 properties on sale in Poole have some form of private parking, making it the ideal location if you own a zero-emissions car.
Similarly, more than 90 per cent of properties on sale in Solihull and Chelmsford also come with off-street parking facilities.
The requirement for off-street parking will become increasingly important as electric vehicles get more popular.
This is because residents will be able to take advantage of secure and cheaper home charging, rather than having to boost the batteries of their plug-in cars using relatively expensive public chargers.
A recent study by What Car? found that accessing some public charge points can be up to eight times as expensive as overnight home charging once you’ve added up subscriptions, connection fees and the electricity you’ve used.
This could pose significant headaches for motorists living in the capital in the near future.
That’s because fewer than half (49 per cent) of houses and flats on the market in London have available off-street parking, meaning drivers will be heavily reliant on pricier public charging networks.
Places with the most homes with off-street parking
1. Poole – 91.9%
2. Solihull – 91.7%
3. Chelmsford – 90.4%
4. Sale – 89.5%
5. High Wycombe – 89.3%
6. Milton Keynes – 89.2%
7. Southport – 88.6%
8. Swindon – 88.1%
9. Wolverhampton – 87.2%
10. Crawley – 87.0%
Places with the fewest homes with off-street parking
1. London – 48.6%
2. Dundee – 50.4%
3. Hastings – 53.6%
4. Portsmouth – 55.9%
5. Brighton – 59.4%
6. Salford – 60.2%
7. Aberdeen – 60.7%
8. Liverpool – 63.6%
9. Blackburn – 64.0%
10. Hull – 64.6%
And with the Ultra Low Emissions Zone being introduced in the capital next year – and in 2020 extended to the entirety swathe of residential London between the North and South Circular roads – drivers of older petrol and diesel vehicles face daily charges of £12.50 for driving their vehicles.
The decision by mayor Sadiq Khan has been made to help the capital reduce air pollution levels and encourage drivers to ditch their cars or purchase more environmentally-friendly replacements, such as electric and hybrid vehicles.
London boroughs with private, off-street parking
Havering – 83.7%
Bexley – 82.4%
Hillingdon – 81.1%
Sutton – 80.2%
Bromley – 95.9%
Hammersmith & Fulham 26.1%
Kensington & Chelsea 21.2%
However, Motorway.co.uk’s research suggests that there is a significant shortage of off-street parking in some London boroughs, with four in five properties sold without private parking facilities where a plug-in car could be hooked up to a home charge point.
For example, just 19 per cent of properties for sale in Islington have off-street parking.
4,000 AA hotels to get electric car chargers
Sandford Springs Hotel in Kingsclere, Hampshire, is the first to have a charger installed at the establishment
All 4,000 AA hotels will have an electric vehicle charging point available across the entirety of the UK, as part of a new collaboration with EV charger network Chargemaster.
AA president Edmund King said: ‘We know that when EV drivers are looking for hotels, they will actively seek out those with charging points.
‘We have witnessed enormous changes in both the automotive and hotel sectors over the last 110 years, and we are delighted that our AA recognised hospitality businesses can benefit from this tremendous offer.’
Only 20 per cent of homes for sale in Hackney have private parking, while just 21 per cent of properties listed in Kensington and Chelsea have off-street access.
Further research also revealed that 81 per cent of properties for sale in London are flats or terraced houses.
Even those flats with off-street parking, may not be able to get electric charging points installed, as not all flats in converted properties will have parking and a freeholder may own the land, meaning the flat owner will have to get their permission – and potentially pay a pricey levy.
A third of London boroughs’ housing stock is made up of terraced houses and flats, which will either have no private parking, shared parking, or allocated bay parking, where the land is not owned by the homeowner.
The study says it’s now up to to Government to ensure that electric car charging infrastructure can handle the switch over to electric and hybrid vehicles when petrol and diesel sales are banned in 2040.
And with the recently revealed Road to Zero policy suggesting that almost all private cars in Britain will be electric by 2050, ministers and authorities have a job on their hands to create a sustainable home charging network.
Ministers want almost all cars on the road by 2050 to be electric. However, if you live in London, the chances of being able to charge one of these vehicles at your home is slimmer than in any other town or city in the country
Alex Buttle, director of Motorway.co.uk, said: ‘The physical shape of Britain’s housing stock could put a spanner in the works of the Government’s electric switch over plans.’
‘The big question that needs to be answered is how will most people be able to charge their vehicles at home? In some towns, the type of property stock will make it a lot easier to create a home charging infrastructure, but the challenge will be in urban areas with a high density of flats such as London, where off-street parking is limited.
‘If the UK needs more on-street charging stations, that is a cost that cash-strapped councils will need to meet. Will there really be enough funds available to power a shared charging network for 30 million cars by 2040?’
It also remains unclear whether incentives will be provided by the Government to aid the installation of home chargers in the future.
According to the Road to Zero policy document, the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme will continue in its current form – with a grant of £500 – until March 2019, or until 30,000 installations have been supported.
Ministers have committed to reviewing these grant levels beyond next year, though suggested this will lead to the removal of financial support for having plug-in points installed at homes, as electric-vehicle uptake increases and the market becomes self-sustaining.
|Ranking||Major UK towns and cities||% of properties with off-street parking|
|76||Newcastle upon Tyne||73.6|
|51||Stockton on Tees||78|
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