In February 2021, the UK was home to 8,380 active and in development petrol stations. Since 2000, that number has fallen by 35 percent due to aggressive competition to keep fuel prices down as oil prices have risen.
While electric cars and alternative fuel vehicles continue to grow in popularity, the future of the petrol station is set to change. In July 2021, there were over 24,000 charging points across the UK, with new charging points added daily. What will forecourts look like when we have more electric cars than petrol? What will the charging points look like? What will you do while your car is charging?
In the early 1920s, road side petrol stations were few and far between. Drivers had to carefully plan their journeys to ensure that they could refuel with cans of petrol or at a roadside pump along the way. 100 years on, the need to plan for petrol or diesel refuels is limited by the number of options available on our roads, but can the same be said for electric journeys? Although the number of charging points continues to grow, drivers must still plan their journeys using apps like ‘Zap-Map’ to locate chargers along their route.
- How will all of these changes affect our towns and countryside?
- Will all homes have charging points?
- What about high-rise flats?
- What happens if you break down?