How many charging points?
There isn’t any real guide on how many EV points that should be installed in a car park. We have guidance on disabled bays and recommendations for parent and child bays, but nothing yet for EV. I have no doubt that we will see some form of guidance in the future, but I hope this remains just guidance and not some form of government target.
I’m already seeing overzealous requirements for car parks that are stating numbers like 5% of total bays should have EV chargers! This is close to the guidance on disables bays and is a simple number to pluck out of the air, but there simply isn’t any evidence to back up this requirement.
We know that EV sales are growing, but still only represent around 1% of new car sales and around 0.2% of all registered cars in the UK so usage is likely to remain limited for a few more years. Therefore it makes sense that our install base of these chargers should grow to match demand.
Throughout our car parks, the usage of EV is very limited but we tend to only have between 2-4 units. This works well for us and is a nice sensible approach to the demand as we can easily increase this if needed.
We also dedicate these bays so they aren’t used by normal cars. Interestingly, this can also cause us issues in busy car parks because if we have a full car park and could use those spaces, we then need to redirect cars to those bays.