2015 has seen impressive growth in the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) including full electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids across the UK. Assisting this growth in Bristol City, Bath, Somerset and Gloucester region, the Source West Electric Vehicle Scheme (Source West) has provided more than 11,000 electric vehicle charging sessions since January 2013, with over 7,000 conducted so far this calendar year, delivering 77,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in charging, equivalent to 290,000 EV miles travelled (based on a car battery of 21 kWh and a range of 80 miles).
Source West Facts and Figures 2013-2015
From a small base of 3,500 Plug-In Hybrid and Electric cars registered within the Government Plug-in Car and Van grant scheme in 2013, ULEV registrations have grown to over 46,000 by January 2016, with 50% of the total registered in 2015. Monthly ULEV registrations have grown from around 500 in 2014 to a monthly average pf 2,400 in 2015 reaching over 3,000 registered in December, pushing ULEV registrations over 1% of new car registrations. The expectation is that the ULEV share of the 2 million+ new car market will continue to grow.
ULEV are increasingly seen as cost effective propositions by private and commercial drivers seeking increased fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs, encouraged by policy incentives from ambitious Government targets for lowering carbon from transportation, improving air quality and supporting the UK automobile industry in developing cleaner transport technology. The UK is now the fourth largest market for EVs in the world and the fastest growing in Europe. Public charging infrastructure including the Source West scheme will help this growth and match the rapidly increasing demand for EV charging.
As of December 2015, there are 3,700 registered public access EV charge points with 7,000 connectors in the UK, with 45% of the market operated by Charge Your Car (CYC), including the 80 plus Source West charge points providing more than 130 charge point outlets.
Source West was formed in 2013 and funded by Bristol City Council through the UK’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to promote the introduction of EVs into the South West including Bristol City, Bath and North East Somerset, and the Counties of South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Gloucestershire.
The graph below shows the amount of power consumed each year since 2013, demonstrating a dramatic year on year increase: