With the UK government set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and the current phenomenal rise in the sale of electric cars, charging stations are fast becoming the go to places when out and about.

It is estimated that 80% of charging is done at the owners’ place of residence, but topping up whilst away from home, has to some degree been potluck. To combat this, the government announced new legislation on the 22nd November, whereby any new homes or buildings (including workplaces and supermarkets), will be required to install electric vehicle charging points from next year. Included, are buildings undergoing major renovation; however, with no details on this, quite what ‘major’ means is anyone’s guess.

There are thousands of electric-car charging points dotted throughout the UK, usually in such places as service stations; public car parks; shopping centres and supermarkets; but with the new legislation, the government is expecting to see 145,000 additional ones being provided every year, from next year onwards. The aim being, that within 10 years, it will be easier than it is to refuel a petrol or diesel car today.

Up until now, the supermarket chains have responded with varying degrees of success. Tesco, who teamed up with Volkswagen and Pod Point, have installed charging points in 45% of its total stores (excluding the smaller express stores). Whereas at the other end of the spectrum, Sainsburys have so far only managed 7%. Morrisons are at 40%; Asda at 20%; Lidl 15% and Aldi 10%.

Although many of the existing charging points are free, it is worth noting that some may have a set period of time, or require purchases in store, before being able to use them. An average price of a 30 minute rapid charge, which will give enough for 90 miles, is around £6.50.