We love our electric car but the lack of charging infrastructure is depressing. Are other people finding this, too?

We enjoy driving our BMW i3 very much; we feel good about doing our bit for the planet and find home charging both convenient and economical. However, as we start to go further afield, we find increasing frustration with the system of charge points we must use. It came to a head last week when, in appalling weather, it took three journeys to find a point we could use — even though we'd planned the trip carefully. Our main gripes with the current service are that there are too many different systems to use to get power (we have at least 6 different apps on our phone), lack of charging points and the few charging points we can find which are already being used. There aren't enough rapid chargers and many are miles away from towns. I could go on but it's too depressing. Life is too short. Our frustration has reached the point of no return so it's back to a normal car for us. Are we the only ones reaching this conclusion?

Asked on 11 May 2021 by JOHN STORRY

Answered by Andrew Brady
Not at all. We test new electric cars week in and week out, and our biggest gripe is with the UK's public charging infrastructure. As such, we'd only recommend electric vehicles to people who can charge a car at home and rarely venture further than the range of their EV. That said, the network does seem to be improving quite rapidly. This is promising: www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/buying-and-selling/2020-...e
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