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Charging points 'key to EV uptake'

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Expanding the network of charging points could prompt many more motorists to opt for electric vehicles (EV) that offer cheaper running costs and car insurance, a new study suggests.

According to charging infrastructure provider Elektromotive, nearly two in three drivers say they would consider buying an EV if charging points were more widespread and easily accessible.

Over a quarter of more than 1,400 people polled said they remain "undecided" about EVs, and just around 8% said even the availability of more charging points is unlikely to make them purchase an electric car.

Elektromotive said the findings indicated that efforts to encourage more people should be centred around creating a better network of charging points along roads and in car parks, as well as spreading greater awareness of the benefits EVs can offer.

It pointed out that so far there have been few takers for the government scheme, introduced at the start of the year giving £5,000 grants to electric car buyers. During the first quarter of the year, just 534 applications were received for the incentive.

Calvey Taylor-Haw, managing director of Elektromotive, said: "The development of electric vehicles has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, but many consumers are understandably concerned that if they buy a new EV they might not be able to easily charge it when away from home or the workplace."

Elektromotive has so far installed over 600 charging stations in public and private car parks and on roadsides across the country.

© Press Association 2011