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The map shows the UK cities best prepared for the EV switchover

MAP: Cities Best Prepared for EV Transition Metro Graphics

The best cities for electric car drivers were scattered across the country (Picture: Getty)

New research has ranked the UK’s best and worst cities in terms of accessibility for EV drivers.

London emerged as the most electricity-friendly, although closely followed by a number of other highly rated cities across the country.

Cardiff was considered the least prepared city for the electric vehicle (EV) switch, which picked up speed after the government promised to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

Saga Insurance’s analysis looked at charging point availability, off-street parking (for installing charging points at home), and charging costs in 20 cities across the country.

It also took into account the area’s clean air policy and the number of low-emission vehicles already operating in the area.

London received the maximum score for its off-street parking and was highly rated for its charging point density, although it ranked fourth lowest for the existing popularity of electric vehicles.

Its 24/7 Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) achieved the maximum score, a feat also matched by Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham, all of which have implemented similar policies.

Surprisingly, the capital also scores above the national average when it comes to charging costs.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2 File photo dated 05/03/21 of a charging station for electric cars. The Treasury Department has been asked to stop making electric vehicle (EV) drivers who can't charge at home pay four times more in taxes for electricity from public charging stations. Issue date: Wednesday February 2, 2022. PA Photo. VAT on household electricity is 5%, while motorists using street chargers have to pay 20%. FairCharge, a new campaign to remove barriers to the EV transition, called the policy unfair. It is run by automotive journalist and former Top Gear presenter Quentin Wilson, who co-founded the fuel price lobby group FairFuelUK in 2010. See PA article TRANSPORT Electric. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire

Home charging is crucial as public ports are more expensive due to VAT differentials (Image: PA)

Belfast is by far the best as it currently has free electric car charging across Northern Ireland.

But the city only came 11th overall, as it is said to have very few charging points, virtually no off-street parking and no clean air zone policy.

Coventry was found to have the best availability of charging points, which helped it finish fourth overall.

Glasgow in third place and Newcastle-upon-Tyne in second both did well on most measures.

The city with the highest acceptance of low-emission vehicles was already Portsmouth, which finished seventh overall.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2 File photo dated 05/03/21 of a charging station for electric cars. The Treasury Department has been asked to stop making electric vehicle (EV) drivers who can't charge at home pay four times more in taxes for electricity from public charging stations. Issue date: Wednesday February 2, 2022. PA Photo. VAT on household electricity is 5%, while motorists using street chargers have to pay 20%. FairCharge, a new campaign to remove barriers to the EV transition, called the policy unfair. It is run by automotive journalist and former Top Gear presenter Quentin Wilson, who co-founded the fuel price lobby group FairFuelUK in 2010. See PA article TRANSPORT Electric. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire

Some cities did poorly in the rankings despite having cheap electricity (Picture: PA)

Despite a similarly high number of green vehicles, Reading comes in relatively poorly at 11th place, largely due to high charging costs.

Cardiff, at the bottom, has the highest charging costs, very low availability of charging points and below-average off-street parking.

Saga also surveyed 1,529 drivers on their feelings about switching to greener cars.

Half said their city was ill-equipped when it came to charging points, although more than two-thirds said they plan to switch to an electric car in the near future.

Despite the charging obstacles in many cities, opponents most often cited the cost of electric cars as the reason for their opposition.

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Justin Scacco

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