In this blog post, we will be discussing the imbalance of EV charge points across the country. A document released by The Department for Transport examines the number of public EV charging locations in the UK. According to this document, London is the overall leader with the highest number of public EV charge points available. London boasts the largest number of public EV chargers per 100,000 residents, at 57. This is a significant lead over the second-best performer, Scotland who have 38 per 100,000 residents. However, Scotland leads the way with the highest number of rapid EV chargers on its streets.
A report by energy comparison website Uswitch has highlighted that Stoke-on-Trent, Southend and Birmingham have the worst public EV charging networks in the country. The report shows that in Stoke-on-Trent there is one public EV charge point for every 268 EVs on the road. In Southend, there are 202 EVs to one EV charge point and in Birmingham, there are 175 EVs to one EV charge point, which is shocking for such a major city.
Uswitch has said that Birmingham, Southend and Stoke-on-Trent will benefit most from the Governments £500 million Rapid EV Charging Fund, which was outlined by the Transport Secretary on the 14th of May. The fund aims to support the rise of electric vehicles on the UK’s roads, as the demand for greener travel increases, by installing new public rapid EV charge points. 2,500 of these are due to be installed across England by 2030.
Sarah Broomfield, from Uswitch.com, said: ‘It’s a really exciting time to be an EV driver.
‘This research suggests that the Rapid Charging Fund could have a significant impact for drivers across the UK – especially for those living in cities such as Stoke-on-Trent, Southend and Birmingham who are thinking about purchasing one.
‘The funding will be instrumental in delivering a more sustainable future for the nation’s transport. It’s crucial though that this investment is spent wisely and is targeted towards the regions that need the funding most.
‘While there is no obvious regional divide across the UK, it’s clear some locations are more prepared than others. We look forward to seeing how these changes can help bridge the gaps and impact what vehicles we see on our roads in the years to come.’
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