EV charging sites overtake petrol stations for first time

New figures from Zap-Map reveal the extent of the UK’s electric vehicle revolution, with the number of public charging locations now surpassing petrol stations for the first time.

Data from Zap-Map shows that as of 22 May, there are 8,471 charging locations across the UK, hosting a total of 13,613 charging devices. In contrast, as of the end of April, there are currently only 8,400 petrol stations in the UK, a figure which is continuing to decline.

There has been huge growth in the UK public EV charge point market in the past 12 months, with the number of locations increasing 57% in that time. Charging points can now be found across the length and breadth of the country, from the Shetland Islands to the Cornish Riviera, from Giant’s Causeway to the White Cliffs of Dover.

The expanding network supports an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road, expanding from only 3,500 cars just six years ago, to more than 210,000 currently. Analysts forecast that by the end of 2022, at east 1 million EVs will be in use in the UK, a figure backed by government policy that looks to electrify all new cars and vans by 2040.

Ben Lane, co-founder and CTO at Zap-Map commented: "The public and private sectors are now investing heavily in the UK's EV charging infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient charging points to support the growing electric fleet. This month's milestone reveals of the rapid pace of change already underway as the age of the combustion engine gives way to an all-electric era with vehicles offering both zero-emissions and a better driving experience."

In parallel to the increase in number of charging locations, new technologies are becoming available which offer higher charging rates. Whereas most 'rapid' units are rated at 50 kW, enabling a standard EV to be fully charged in 40 minutes, the latest 'ultra-rapid' units are capable of up to 350 kW; ready for the next generation of longer-range electric vehicles.

Zap-Map at the Fully Charged Show

Next Green Car's sister-company Zap-Map, the UK's leading EV charge point platform, will be exhibiting at the Fully Charged Show in Silverstone from 7th to 9th June. The team are looking forward to meeting Zap-Map and EV users and will be celebrating the recent securing of investment from Good Energy, which supplies clean power, sourced from its own generation assets as well as from independent UK-based renewable generators. Come and meet us on Stand C54.

References: Public EV charge point location information from Zap-Map's database, both historical and current, covering the United Kingdom. Petrol station data from Experian Catalist Market Summary Report, April 2019, with historical downward trend highlighted by Statista.

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Visit Zap-Map to find public EV charge points

Ben Lane

Author:Ben Lane
Date Updated:29th May 2019

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