Slow uptake of EVs ‘driven by concerns on charging’

Insufficient charging infrastructure has been given as a reason for a slow uptake of electric vehicles in Guernsey.

Electric charging points at North Beach. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 28731453)
Electric charging points at North Beach. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 28731453)

Up until the end of June this year, there were 1,084 electric and hybrid vehicles registered, steadily rising from a total of 1,045 in March and 967 at the end of 2019.

There are more than 84,000 combustion engine vehicles registered in Guernsey.

Barras Car Centre dealer principal Martyn Torode said: ‘We have huge interest but people are nervous that we don’t have infrastructure in place to properly service them. We need as many EV charging points as we do fuel pumps.’

Test drives and inspections may

offer more public confidence in EV capability.

‘Many models can do 300 miles on a single charge, so you could charge on

a Sunday for a fiver for your week’s journeys.

‘We need to be less nervous – the product is there, and as a small island, Guernsey should be ahead. I’ve driven a few models and they are shockingly good. The performance is phenomenal.’

Supply is stable since many models come from the UK.

‘Surprisingly, we’ve only sold around 15 electric vehicles, which doesn’t seem like many. I expect demand will rise like a parabolic curve. EVs are definitely the shape of things to come.’

Duques Garage offers an electric scooter range.

Owner Ian Lavenne said: ‘We’ve been selling a few, probably about 30 since last year when we first stocked electric vehicles.

‘Truthfully, demand has probably not increased, but I’d say it has been steady. With a range of around 35 miles, most people buy them as transport to and from work but youngsters want something more.’

The UK is considering plans to bring forward bans on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles forward from 2040 to 2030.

The States recently agreed to 2035.

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