The car sales market has faced many challenges over the past year ranging from the global pandemic to delays for new vehicles.
Despite these issues, the EV market has flourished in 2021 and registrations for electric vehicles have risen to an all-time high.
As such, these are exciting times for the EV industry, and there will be many further developments to follow over the coming 12 months.
As experts in EV charging infrastructure solutions, Clarke EV has noticed many changes in the industry landscape and have come up with some predictions for the coming year.
Whether you’re a fleet manager or just interested in electric vehicles, here’s a list of the biggest developments we anticipate for EVs in 2022.
Growth In Public Charging Infrastructure
As the UK government seeks to get more EVs on the roads to meet its ambitious carbon targets, it is facing worries from drivers that there won’t be enough charging infrastructure available.
As such, the government is floating millions of pounds of investment in EV charging infrastructure to push for more charging points.
Alongside service stations, we predict that many car parks and destinations will be aiming to offer public EV charging.
This approach will allow them to attract EV drivers and help them to adapt to the increased focus on electric cars and sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel cars.
Following an impressive growth in public charging infrastructure in 2021, in which the number of ultra-rapid charging devices increased by more than 50% between January and September and slow-charging devices grew by 66%, we expect to see strong and continued growth over the course of 2022, and over the coming years as more and more drivers go electric.
Continued Focus On Low-Powered Charging
Clarke EV predicts continued growth in the provision of low-powered chargers which are ideal for overnight charging at home, on residential streets, and in community projects acting as a replacement for home charging.
Home charging is important for many EV owners, who need to be able to keep their cars ready to use at all times.
While many homeowners can easily charge their EVs from their homes, this might not always be convenient, particularly for those who live in flats or homes without easy access to off-street parking.
These changes will improve access to EV charging stations for homeowners and make electric vehicles more accessible to a wider range of motorists.
By embracing low-powered home charging technology, property developers will allow homeowners to reduce their energy bills and their impact on the national grid and the environment.
Pricing Variations For Fast vs Slower Charging
Throughout 2022, we expect that pricing structures for public EV charging points will adapt and evolve to give consumers more options.
Currently, many service stations offer rapid charging points at a set cost. Over the coming months, we believe that service stations and other public charging providers may start offering a selection of options with flexible pricing structures.
This approach will allow EV drivers to choose the best charging solution for their circumstances, depending on how much time they have to charge their vehicles and what price they are willing to pay.
On top of increases in wholesale energy prices, the disaggregation of pricing for charging speeds will be driven by operators trying to recoup on costs. Installing and running ultra-rapid chargers require a greater initial investment and ongoing costs.
They will mean charge point operators will have the ability to improve their profits on charging stations and offer a wider range of choices for EV drivers.
EV Sales To Continue To Increase In Popularity
As mentioned previously, EV sales blossomed in 2021, and we believe that this will continue into 2022 and beyond.
With the UK government’s pledge to stop the sale of new petrol or diesel vehicles by as soon as 2030, consumers will need to find alternatives.
While there are some other sustainably-fuelled vehicles available, the most common option right now is an electric car.
Electric cars are cost-effective, and many brands have embraced them and now offer innovative models that can meet the needs of a variety of motorists.
They are also great to drive and respond almost exactly the same way that petrol and diesel cars do, meaning that most motorists won’t know the difference.
In 2021, more EVs were registered than over the previous five years combined, with around 190,000 joining UK roads alongside 115,000 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The result was that 18.5% of all new cars registered last year can be plugged in.
The latest reports we are seeing suggest that sales of new electric vehicles could rise over 74% in 2022.
New EVs Coming To Market
As more and more drivers buy EVs, increasing numbers of car manufacturers are now looking to launch their own all-electric models.
Many brands have already started offering EVs, and you can now get everything from a small hatchback to sportscars that are powered by electricity.
Many new EVs are being launched in 2022, including:
- The BMW iX
- The Citroen Ami
- The Genesis GV60
- The Mercedes EQE
- The Audi Q6 e-Tron
- Fiat e-Ulysse
- The Kia Niro EV
As car brands continue to adapt to the increased focus on EVs, there will doubtless be even more new models announced over the months to come.
Continued Developments Throughout The Year
While these are the biggest trends we anticipate for the electric vehicle market currently, we are only at the start of the year.
The EV market is constantly evolving, so there will doubtless be additional changes that drivers of any type of vehicle need to be aware of.
If you want to stay up to date with the latest developments in the EV market, then you should check out our blog.
The experts from Clarke EV regularly share updates on the latest market trends and offer their professional opinion on what this means for fleet managers, electric car owners and drivers.
You can also contact us directly by calling 0800 170 0276 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about our service offering and how we are working to drive the EV revolution in 2022 and beyond.