Use the Select by Attribute tool to select the A-Roads by number (either A1 or A30 and A303) from the OS Open Roads shapefile and create a new feature layer from the selected features.
It’s great to see more electric vehicles (EVs) out and about on our roads. However, long journeys by electric vehicle require a little more planning to ensure you don’t run out of power far from a charging point, which can sometimes be few and far between.
We wanted to see how EV-ready two of Britain’s longest and busiest A-roads are for the growing wave of EV ownership. So we calculated the highway distances between 24/7 public charging points along two key routes: Edinburgh to London (A1) and London to Cornwall (A30/A303).
The map symbolises segments of each route according to the driving distance between public charge points located on or near (within 1km) the road.
Using a colour scheme inspired by traffic-lights, readers can quickly identify the stretches that are more (and less) EV-ready.
Paring each map down to the key elements provides a simple but effective method to communicate the map’s message. Similarly, small design touches—turning the legend into a battery and adding ‘glow’ to the line segments - help convey the map’s electric theme.
James is on the Graduate Programme at Esri UK. He loves cycling, sustainable transport and cinematography.