Electric car buyers face charging point shortage

Nic Cackett

With one beady eye on CO2 emissions, the government would like us to believe that electric cars represent the future of automotive transportation in the UK - but the latest figures suggest that the installation of public charging points is falling well short of projected targets.

By 2013 the Department of Transport plans to have delivered 9000 points, but BBC research revealed that so far the project has delivered just 704 usable sites.