With recent reports showing that the UK will need at least 300,000 public chargepoints by 2030, Airbnb has hit a new milestone with more than 850,000 properties now featuring an EV charger.
Potential guests can search for houses, apartments, and rooms with an associated EV charger in hundreds of countries worldwide. And it’s a popular search too, with the number of people looking for a property which includes an EV charger doubling between June and December 2021, resulting in over half a million unique searches by the end of last year.
The new filter highlights the fact that EVs are increasingly becoming the norm and an expected amenity in places such as hotels and short-term rental accommodation. In fact, in a report produced in July 2021 by ZapMap found that, of the 15,000 public EV charging locations in the UK at the time, 1,266 locations and over 2,400 devices were associated with hotels or similar accommodation; with Wales and the South West leading the way.
There are around 400,000 zero-emission battery electric vehicles on Britain’s roads and over 308,000 plug-in hybrids and, according to figures produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), nearly 18% of new cars registered last year were all-electric or hybrid plug-in. This represents a whopping 70%+ uplift on the previous year’s figures.
This means we will continue to see chargepoints appearing in an ever-increasing number of places. For example, there are already plans to install chargers across the 32,000 schools, colleges, and universities in the UK, 2,000 of which will be operational before the end of the year.
The government has repeatedly stressed the need for private sector companies to lead the way in delivering the country’s charging infrastructure and recent announcements, such as BP’s commitment to invest £1 billion over the next 10 years, and the DoT Charging Infrastructure strategy shows there is now a serious commitment to make this happen.
And its companies such as Airbnb that demonstrate that EV charging is becoming a must-have facility because, where people go, their electric cars go with them, and that means a lot more chargers in a lot more places.
With more chargers than ever going in the ground, and manufacturers bringing over vehicles that can do 300+ miles in one charge, don't let idea of travelling with an electric car put you off getting one.
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