The amount of electric cars on our roads is growing exponentially and as it does, the number of street Charging pods struggles to keep up with demand.
This has become a bone of contention in many cities across the globe. Charging Points take up space, crowding pavements. At the end of 2017, there were 600,000 points worldwide. Some cities – Paris is a good example – have taken steps to blend the charging stations into their surroundings. Others, London amongst them, have drawn criticism for aggressive obstruction of pavements, blocking pedestrians.
“With traffic and poor air quality affecting many people … we need fewer vehicles, not just cleaner vehicles,” says Rachel White, senior policy and political advisor at sustainable transport group Sustrans. “Making it harder to walk and reducing access on our already crowded pavements doesn’t help more people to make every day journeys by foot.”
Disability charity, Transport for all, believes that a reduction in pavement size will make it harder for those with disabilities to move about.
In the UK, the government is offering local authorities incentives for installing charging points, many are embracing the technology.
With the number of electric vehicles on our roads set to increase significantly over the next few years, this is an issue that isn’t going away anytime soon.
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