Beginning Of The End For Fuel Stations
by Becky Harrison |
posted 30 March 2021
The first bespoke Electric Vehicle (EV) charging forecourt opened in Essex recently, officially marking the beginning of the demise of petrol and diesel service stations. The move has been applauded by motorists, though many remain uncertain about the practicalities of charging EV batteries, including charging times and home charging. A recent survey from Venson Automotive Solutions confirms that 68% of drivers would be more likely to make the switch to an EV if they knew they could conduct a rapid 30-minute charge at an electric forecourt rather than the inconvenience of charging their vehicle at home.
Gridserve, the sustainable energy company behind the first EV forecourt, plans to build 100 more sites in the coming five years – but expects far more sites will be needed. The Venson survey results agree. 63% of respondents said they would like to see more investment in public charging points.
Alison Bell, Marketing Director at Venson Automotive Solutions commented: “This new style of forecourt, with rapid charging points and excellent amenities on site, are a glimpse into the future of sustainable travel for both consumer and commercial drivers. Alongside convenience stores, high-tech play areas and exercise bikes for visitors to enjoy, the new latest forecourt features comfortable ‘office pods’ to allow company car drivers to stay connected, have meetings and generally avoid down time while their vehicle charges.”
The Venson survey confirms that company car drivers have an appetite for EVs, with one in four calling for the Transport Minister to introduce new legislation to encourage businesses to move to fully electric company cars and commercial vehicles within the next five years.