There are now more charging stations for electric vehicles than there are fuel forecourts for conventional petrol and diesel vehicles.
According to Zap-Map, a website which enables drivers to locate and update EV charge points in UK & Ireland, there are 9,300 EV charging locations in the UK, compared to 8,400 fuel stations.
More than 1,600 charging locations provide ‘rapid charging’, which can recharge a typical EV battery to around 80% in under an hour.Almost all motorway service stations now have charging points installed, most of which offer a rapid charge option.In fact, Zap-Map estimates that two new rapid charge devices came online every day in the last month.
Most electric vehicle owners only need to charge at home however, so the UK government is looking to further support the switch to electric cars, for example by announcing a proposal for the installation of charging points for EVs in all new build housing.
Transport for London has installed more than 1,000 EV charge points in the last year alone, yet supply of conventional fuel within the capital is becoming scarcer. Central London now has nearly half as many petrol stations per car as the Scottish Highlands; only four remain within the congestion-charge zone.