In this module, we will explore ways for you to estimate the current and future demands that EVs will make on the infrastructure in your local area.
We will look at three key variables that help us to understand and plan for this demand -
- how many EVs are on the road in my area?
- what are the usage patterns for EVs in my area [e-miles]?
- which types of EVs are being bought and used in my area?
Answering these questions will be the foundation of any local plan that is aimed at providing infrastructure and other policy responses to the transition from ICE vehicles to EVs.
For each of these, we will explore the types of data that are available and methods we can use for predicting likely trends over the next few years.
We can gain some headline insights into local car ownership in England by looking at two datasets provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
[NB For Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we need to use different sources for household data as these are compiled by local agencies rather than by the ONS. We are working to include data extracts for these countries during the beta development phase.]
These datasets show us the number of households in each local authority area and the number of vehicles licensed to people in each local authority area at the end of the year.