Caravan parks unable to cope with surge in electric cars
The sharp rise in electric cars is overwhelming caravan parks across the country, owners have warned.
They have pointed to the lack of infrastructure and the electricity grid’s inability to deal with more chargers as the reason many are struggling to offer what motorists need.
Speaking to the BBC, one owner of a caravan park in Somerset that has three charge points, said that he had been told by the National Grid that it could only support a few more chargers, meaning many would be left unable to charge their cars.
Alan House, whose site holds 1,000 static caravans, said: "The whole park would have to be dug up, big new cables laid.
"The supply to the site from the Grid would need to be quadrupled, if not more.”
The Government has set out plans to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, with hybrid sales to be ended by 2035.
However, this mass switch to electric vehicles has resulted in some concerns around whether there is enough charging infrastructure available for electric vehicles, and the grid’s ability to power them.
Not enough places to charge
Martin Cox, who chairs the Holiday and Home Parks Association, and has his own 500 caravan site in Dorset, is also having problems installing more chargers, despite many of his guests needing them.
He told the BBC: "In our area there just aren't many places to charge an electric car.
"So instead of enjoying themselves and visiting local attractions, they will be driving around trying to find a charger."
The issues around electric charging in rural areas were highlighted in a recent transport select committee report assessing the Government’s approach to decarbonising transport.
In the report, MPs suggested that those in rural or isolated communities should be allowed to continue to drive petrol and diesel cars, as introducing infrastructure in these places was unrealistic and would require massive amounts of taxpayers’ money for electricity generation.
In its future decarbonisation plans, the Department for Transport has projected that it needs to see four out of every five miles driven by a road vehicle to be electric by 2035.
This would represent a 21-fold increase in motorists using electric vehicles by that point if the country is to meet net zero emissions by 2050.