Number of EV charging stations continue to rise
by Becky Harrison |
posted 20 August 2019
Since 1970, almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 to more than 9,000 in August 2019.
Of these locations, more than 1600 provide ‘rapid charging’, and can recharge a typical EV battery to around 80% in under an hour. Two new rapid charging devices came online everyday in the last month according to Zap-Map. These days, nearly all UK motorway service stations have charging stations installed, with the majority offering a rapid charge option to get you back on the road as soon as possible.
More than 1,000 EV charge points were installed by Transport for London in the last year alone, yet supply of conventional fuel within the capital is becoming scarcer. In fact, Central London has nearly half as many petrol stations as the Scottish Highlands and perhaps even more alarmingly, only four stations can now be found within the congestion-charge zone.
An increasing number of drivers in London are looking to zero-emission solutions for their transport needs thanks to the introduction of the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019.
The government is looking to further support EV adoption as most electric vehicle owners only need to charge at home. For example, they recently announced a proposal for the installation of EV charge points in all new housing to help with demand of such facilites.
Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. noted; “Many consumers are saying their next car will be electric. That means the industry needs to ensure their desires are met with both the car – how far it can go, what technologies it has – and how it interacts with the world around it – where they can charge and how convenient that is for them.”
Since Nissan launched the LEAF in 2010, which became the first mass-market electric vehicle, EV technology has continually improved. The latest models are both more affordable and more practical for most new car buyers. As a result of the improvements, the UK is experiencing unprecedented growth in the demand for battery-powered transport.