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Tesla owners’ fury at Christmas electric car chaos: Drivers demand more charging stations after the UK’s 6,712 rapid charge points for 420,000 electric vehicles leaves people waiting for THREE HOURS

  • Motorists say more charging points are needed to cater for the electric cars 
  • Vehicles were logjammed in Hertfordshire, Cumbria, Westmorland and Telford
  • The queues came as millions took to the roads to get home for the festive period
  • Are you a Tesla driver who was stuck? Email [email protected] 

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Electric car drivers have called for more charging points to be installed across the UK after some Tesla owners were left queuing for three hours.

Chaos engulfed the electric motoring network as demand appeared to outstrip supply in come areas.  

According to data from Zap Map there are currently 6712 rapid and ultra-rapid charging devices, across locations in the UK catering for the 420,000 plus cars.

Members of a Facebook group called ‘Tesla Owners Club UK’ expressed their frustration at the queues.

Members of a Facebook group called 'Tesla Owners Club UK' expressed their frustration at the queues. Pictured: Telford services

Members of a Facebook group called ‘Tesla Owners Club UK’ expressed their frustration at the queues. Pictured: Telford services

Data from Zap Map show the amount of charging points and who they cater for in the UK

Data from Zap Map show the amount of charging points and who they cater for in the UK

One said: ‘Someone taking the mick at Tebay? Been here over an hour. Still 15 in front of me in the queue for a charger. Easily another 2 hours to wait – minimum.’

A second added: ‘We need more superchargers. I love Tesla, but this country is not up to standards if they want total electricity!’ 

A third said: ‘New Tesla owner and I’m super disappointed with the charging lark. Nobody told me that a winter charge would barely achieve half the performance.

‘Tesla are charging too much to use their chargers. Finding podpoint at 40p avg best value for money.’

The huge queues came as millions took to the roads to get home for the festive period, while ongoing rail strikes forced people to drive. Pictured: Queues in Penrith

The huge queues came as millions took to the roads to get home for the festive period, while ongoing rail strikes forced people to drive. Pictured: Queues in Penrith

Tesla drivers forced to wait in three-hour queues at charge points 

Are you a Tesla driver who was stuck in a lengthy queue? Email [email protected] 

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Tesla owners yesterday blasted car charging chaos across the UK during the Christmas holiday with dozens of electric vehicles forced to wait in three hour queues. 

Cars were logjammed up and down the country, with snaking queues spotted in Hertfordshire, Cumbria, Westmorland and Telford.

The huge queues came as rail strikes forced millions into having to take to the roads to get home for the festive period. A further 12 million cars were also expected to be on the UK’s road network today amid the ongoing industrial action. 

Around 24 Tesla owners were waiting to charge in a Waitrose car park in the village of South Mimms, Hertfordshire, on December 25. 

A TikTok user claimed the wait at the station was around one hour, saying: ‘Here they all are queueing up, waiting for an hour or whatever it is for their charging. They’re everywhere.’

The supercharger at Telford services (above) was impacted, with one person saying: 'Absolute carnage at Telford supercharger today. 4 teslas parked waiting to charge'

The supercharger at Telford services (above) was impacted, with one person saying: ‘Absolute carnage at Telford supercharger today. 4 teslas parked waiting to charge’

The Tebay Southbound supercharger in Cumbria, by the M6 Junction, was also seeing a high volume of vehicles attempting to charge yesterday. 

Another Tesla driver told MailOnline of issues in Crawley, Sussex, where two of eight stations were out of order.

Another wrote on Twitter: ‘Really upsetting to have whole family wait for two hours to charge car.’

Elsewhere, the supercharger at Telford services was impacted, with one person saying: ‘Absolute carnage at Telford supercharger today. 4 teslas parked waiting to charge. 

‘Everybody’s charging is slow due to the amount of stalls used. People knocking on windows asking how long they will be charging for. 

‘Others knocking on windows asking how long they have been waiting.’

A driver in Westmorland, north-west England, added: ‘Two-hour 30-minute wait for a charge. Worst journey as (a) Tesla driver. Q now 40 deep!’

At an unknown charging location, a Twitter user said: ‘UK services this week have been insanely busy for Tesla charging, currently car 15 in a queue of over 20 … but you can always rely on the British public to make an orderly queue.’

It comes after the tech giant started offering $7,500 (£6,200) discounts on Model 3 and Model Y vehicles delivered this month, fuelling concerns the company is facing softening demand as economies slow. 

The UK's rollout of electric car chargers has stalled so far this year, MailOnline can reveal

The UK’s rollout of electric car chargers has stalled so far this year, MailOnline can reveal

The £69,000 price tag of the Model Y and the £55,925 Model 3 has not been reduced in the UK, but people who buy one this month will receive 6,000 miles of free charging

Tesla’s share price has been weighed down by Elon Musk’s struggles to get to grips with Twitter after he bought the social media giant for £38bn in October. 

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been wiped off the value of his 13.42pc stake – and he is no longer the world’s richest man. 

Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush, said: ‘This is a sign of demand cracks and not a good sign for Tesla heading into the December year-end. 

‘EV [electric vehicle] competition is increasing across the board, and Tesla is seeing some demand headwinds.’ 

It was also revealed the UK’s rollout of electric car chargers has stalled so far this year, with the Government set to fall massively short of its target unless it ramps up monthly installations by a whopping 350 per cent.

The Department for Transport (DfT) set a new goal to increase the number of charging points more than ten times to 300,000 by the end of the decade. 

Between October 1 last year and January 1, 2022 there were a total of 2,448 electric car chargers installed, but in the first three months of this year that had slowed to 1,915. 

According to data from the charging app Zap-Map, which is used by the DfT, the rate of electric charger installation had been steadily growing over most of the previous six quarters dating back to April 2020, when the rollout was badly hit by the first Covid lockdown. 

There were 420,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads at the end of February, according to the comparison website Next Green Car, while there were 30,290 charging points across Britain, of which 5,494 were rapid chargers.

MailOnline analysis also reveals that there is a growing North-South divide, with southerners having access to more than twice as many charging points.

London and the south-east of England have better access to public chargers than poorer parts of the UK, although many electric car owners likely also rely on private chargers at their homes. 

Separate data shows one connection for every 30 electric cars in the South but one for every 50 in the North. 

The English capital is racing ahead in the deployment of the technology — with three times the number of chargers as the whole of Wales — while nowhere is experiencing a greater boom than the borough of Westminster, the home of Government.

Local authority data shows London with a total of 10,020 electric chargers, dwarfing other big UK cities including Leeds (340), Liverpool (175), Birmingham (248), Cardiff (84), Edinburgh (181) and Belfast (55).

Westminster alone has 1,292 available to motorists, ten times as many as Manchester (112), York (101), Leicester (114) and Bristol (125).

Are you a Tesla driver who was stuck? Email: [email protected] 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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