Electric vehicle charger ‘floodgates open’ in 2024

Although Osprey’s focus is on rapid charging hubs, rather than residential solutions for local authorities, Johnston cited the large number of chargers “in the pipeline” as the driving force behind the increase that he believes will take place this year.

He said: “From Osprey’s perspective, in the five years between 2018 and 2022, we installed 400 chargers. Last year alone, we did 600. So in terms of the ramp-up, you can see the rate of growth there.

“We’re going into this year with more projects in our development pipeline than we’ve ever had before. The rate of roll-out for Osprey and for all of our peers is going to be greater than you’ve ever seen before.

“I don’t know where the numbers will be at the end of the year, but it’s going to make 2023 look like a quiet year.”

Osprey chargepoint in car park

Johnston also acknowledged that a lack of confidence in the public charging infrastructure is a barrier for many looking to make the switch to an electric car.

He believes it to be an issue of “optics”, with the limited visibility of residential charging, as well as larger ultra-rapid hubs, raising doubts about the infrastructure’s development.

He said: “Even if you’re driving a diesel, if you drive into a motorway services and see a great brand-new charging hub, it shows you that you don’t need to worry. You don’t need to believe the headlines about there not being enough charging, because you’ve seen for yourself.”

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