Over 15 million passenger electric vehicles in use world-wide

March 7, 2024

Facts and Figures

It is estimated that there will be over 15 million passenger electric vehicles in use world-wide by the end of 2024 and this number is growing at about 20% per annum.  All these vehicles require chargers and as of 2022 there were an estimated 1.4 million public chargers installed world-wide.

At the start of 2024 the UK alone had an estimated 80,000 public charging bays with very ambitious plans for more this year.

Misuse of EV Charging Bays

When a non-electric vehicle occupies an electric vehicle (EV) charging bay the term used is “ICEing”.  The mnemonic “ICE” stands for “Internal Combustion Engine”.

The issue of ICE cars using EV charging bays is multifaceted, with financial implications being just one aspect. When petrol vehicles occupy EV charging stations, they not only inconvenience EV owners but also disrupt the efficient utilization of resources resulting in financial losses at various levels.

Firstly, the misallocation of charging infrastructure resources due to ICE cars occupying EV bays could result in wasted investments. Public and private funds spent on installing and maintaining these charging stations may not yield their intended returns if they are consistently blocked by petrol vehicles.

Additionally, there’s the cost to EV owners who are unable to charge their vehicles when needed, potentially leading to productivity losses or additional expenses incurred from seeking alternative charging options. This can be particularly problematic in high-demand areas where EV charging infrastructure is limited.

Furthermore, the societal costs associated with delayed adoption of electric vehicles due to inadequate charging infrastructure accessibility can be substantial. These costs encompass environmental impacts, health consequences, and economic ramifications stemming from continued reliance on fossil fuels.

Losses

Estimations vary by location but the direct cost of charging a car can be £20-£40 depending on battery capacity, the speed of charging and of course the price per kWh of the electricity supplied.   In particularly bad areas the number of ICEing incidents can be very high and losses can amount to thousands of pounds per week.   This misuse is a similar problem that certain supermarkets faced that were in close proximity to railway stations, football stadiums or large shopping centres before adoption of parking control methods.

Prevention

By installing effective ALPR technology at the most misused EV charging points then all vehicles that park in the designated bays can be automatically recorded upon arrival and additionally at the point of departure thus registering the time spent parked in the EV bay.  Technology exists to determine whether the EV charger is active within a prescribed time of the vehicle arriving and so if the vehicle is later deemed to be occupying a charging bay and not using the charger then a Penalty Charge Notice can be issued and the cost of a missed charge recovered.

Small devices consisting of a compact ALPR camera with on-board processor and software, power supply and router modem for remote monitoring at a central location can easily be attached to ( or near to) the EV charger and all vehicles using the bay recorded.   A central processing facility receives these reads along with the charging activity of the charger and PCN’s produced where necessary.

If you would like more details on the use of ALPR for EV bay monitoring then contact us here.