Battery-only vehicles on long journeys could be blocked by slower-charging hybrid vehicles at rapid chargepoints. That’s part of the finding of a new report from the UK’s RAC Foundation. The latest battery-only cars need only five minutes at the quickest chargepoints to take on enough electricity to add about 15 miles of range. However, it takes almost all plug-in hybrids an hour or so – or twelve times as long – to achieve a similar thing.
The RAC Foundation says that until plug-in hybrids have both a greater electric-only range and can accept electricity at a faster rate, chargepoints at motorway service areas should be reserved solely for battery-only cars.
In a press release, Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, says: “Ever-faster and more powerful chargepoints might sound like the answer to creating the electric car recharging network we need, but if the cars themselves can only be recharged at a certain rate then at best we’re going to be disappointed and at worst we’re going to waste money. Compatibility between car and charger is key.”
“Ultimately, refuelling electric vehicles should be at least as convenient and fuss-free as filling up with petrol or diesel. As the report makes clear we may be on the right road but we are not there yet,” he adds
At the end of July 2018 there were 112,000 plug-in hybrid and 54,000 pure battery-electric vehicles registered in the UK.