While the majority of UK residences have access to off-street parking, 40% don’t, according to a 2018 study by PWC. If you’re part of this 40% and you still want to get an electric car, don’t despair if you don’t have your own parking space because there are ways around it.
It might be possible to get a charger installed if you have street parking directly outside your property and an external wall to attach to. If you’re a tenant, it could be worth talking to your landlord about installing one. You can trail the charging cable across the pavement to travel the short distance to your car.
There's no government legislation stopping you from running your cable along the pavement, but you need to check whether your local council has its own rules. For safety reasons, it’s important to keep the cable lying flat against the ground. Buying a high-visibility cable wrap or cable protector is a sensible idea to stop people tripping on it. Remember, you could be liable for damages if someone injures themselves by tripping on your cable, so make sure you only leave it out while your car is charging.
Another option is to use any nearby public charging points. The public charging network in the UK is expanding rapidly and many urban areas have convenient lamppost chargers. On-street chargers tend to work on a ‘plug and pay’ basis. You can normally pay with a contactless card, or by app. It might be worth getting a monthly membership with the local charging provider if you frequently charge at public points. Providers offer lower electricity rates to people with a monthly membership, so you could save money. You may need to use your own charging cable, so make sure you keep one in your car.