How would an electric vehicle (EV) with a range of not much more than 200 miles fare in a 21st-century version of the Thousand Mile Trial? What are the issues for the long-distance electric car driver? How do you find public charging points? How long does it take to recharge? Do they exist in any great number outside London? Relying on one charging network — as I did — is foolish. It is the equivalent of our grandparents’ generation driving without a jerrycan of fuel in the boot. But the poor national network means you have to join multiple operator schemes with different logins and payment arrangements, all of which is a faff and doesn’t make electric driving accessible. It is as if you need to be a member of Esso to access their petrol. All charging points must be contactless.
Times 18th Jan 2020 read more »