Wales is performing better than most of the UK when it comes to providing a high ratio of charge-points to electric vehicles registered in the region.
A study by Vehicle Contracts found that Wales has a ratio of. 11.7 evs per charger, while the North East has 10.3 and London is streets ahead with 8 evs for every charger and compare to the South-West struggling with 41.1 evs per power point and long queues.
With the AA warning of ‘significant congestion’ on the roads this weekend and 13.6 million people expected to travel by car on Good Friday alone, the Europcar research demonstrates the negative impact that lack of driver awareness could have during these busy periods.
According to the research, over a quarter of motorists (26%) surveyed still don’t know that cyclists are allowed to cycle in the centre of a lane when they are able to keep up with the traffic stream and 19% are not aware that drivers have to give way when people are crossing or waiting to cross at a junction.
Holidaymakers are urged to check drop-off and pick-up charges before heading to the airport this summer to avoid being stung by exorbitant fees and fines.
Research by leading travel insurer Start Travel revealed British international airports charge up to £1 per minute in the so-called ‘kiss and fly’ spaces close to terminals and Manchester Airport is the worst offender, charging a whopping £25 if drivers exceed its 10 minute limit but regional airports like Cardiff can be free for some.
BMW says it expects the semi-conductor shortage to last for another 12 months.
But Volkswagen believes the issue will trouble Europe’s car makers until 2024.
Cars on EU roads are now on average 11.8 years old.
Lithuania and Romania have the oldest car fleets, with vehicles almost 17 years old while the newest passenger cars can be found in Luxembourg 6.7 years.
Before setting off on your Easter getaway, Scrap Car Contracts suggests a few essential tips to make it better.
Check your air-conditioning is working, air filters are clean and clear, wiper blades are perfect, screenwash is full, clean upholstery, fill up fluid levels to marks, and make sure your brakes are not pulling to one side and quickly slow the car.
With the steep growth in online shopping in 2020 and 2021, the future of shopping centres and retail stores remains uncertain, according to the AA.
Changes to car parking might be introduced to encourage customers back to shopping centres, but centres located in busy city or town centre locations are still unlikely to offer free parking facilities and aspect that’s likely to change going forward is an increasing number of EV chargepoints available in shopping car parks as more and more drivers go electric and whether the chargepoints are slow, fast or rapid will also have an impact on how attractive the location is to EV drivers.