According to data from Zap Map, an online service for EV drivers, there are now more public EV charge points in the UK than petrol stations.
As of the 22nd of May 2019 there were 8,471 public EV charging locations across the UK, providing a total of 13,613 EV charge points. In comparison there were a total of 8,400 petrol stations in the UK.
While more EV charging locations are being installed each week the number of petrol stations across the UK continues to decline.
Zap Map has revealed that there has been a 57 percent increase in EV charge points in the UK in just the last 12 months.
Just six years ago there were only 3,500 electric vehicles on the UK’s roads. As of today that figure is greater than 210,000. Analysts have forecast that by the end of 2022 there will be at least one million electric vehicles in use in the UK. This is backed up by the Governments policy to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, to propel the switch to electric cars.
Ben Lane, Zap-Map’s co-founder and chief technology officer, said the fact EV charging sites now outnumber fuel stations in the UK “reveals the rapid pace of change already underway as the age of the combustion engine gives way to an all-electric era”. He continued by saying “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.”
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