Now even in the UK there is some performance anxiety regarding charging stations for electric and electrified cars. According to an estimate by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a number of columns 10 times higher than the current number would be needed to meet London’s electricity targets, or banning the sale of new endothermic cars by 2030 and plug-in hybrids by 2035.
The CMA study, motivated by the need to understand the current access to recharge and to verify future projections, shows how the network of columns is growing. However, there would still be very little coverage in some areas. It is estimated that in the United Kingdom there are 25,000 recharging points, concentrated in particular in large cities and major industrial centers. There is no infrastructure network along the main highways. Furthermore, for CMA it would be important to fuel competition in this sector, in order to lower prices, to bring the network to be widespread and to avoid dangerous monopolistic positions.
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The authority also asked the Johnson government to rethink the terms of the £ 950 million (€ 1.1 billion) fund intended to increase the number of charging stations, and called for the establishment of a public body with power to monitor this sector.
By way of comparison, according to Motus-E there are 23,275 charging points for electric cars in Italy (update at the beginning of July) with approximately 57% of the infrastructures distributed in Northern Italy; while about 23% is present in the Center and only 20% in the South and in the islands.