Potential purchasers of electric cars tempted by the benefits of quickly-improving battery capacity might still hesitate if the public charge point network doesn’t keep pace with changing technology.
While range-anxiety is set to become a thing of the past, without widespread, reliable and simple-to-use charge points the practicalities of ‘filling up’ electric cars could limit the mass-market appeal of ultra-green vehicles.
The government's Plug-in Car Grant scheme has been running since 1 January 2011. Under the scheme buyers of cars emitting less than 75 gCO2/km are eleigible for a grant of up to £5,000 (or 25% of the vehicle purchase price).
Plotting the cost of fuel on the forecourt and at the refinery gate.
This chart tracks the changes in petrol and diesel prices over time (weekly, rolling ten year period) and is based on BEIS data published each Tuesday.
An entry contributed to by the RAC Foundation has won the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize. Gergely Raccuja receives £250,000 for his idea that a per-mile charge collected by insurers should replace fuel duty and VED.