Charge Points Overtake Petrol Stations
The number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the UK has exceeded the number of fuel stations, according to a study by car manufacturer Nissan.
They analysed data from the Energy Institute and Zap-Map to find that there are now 9,199 EV charging locations across the country, compared to 8,396 fuel stations.
The EV figure has risen 38% in a year from 6,669 in 2018, and more than doubled since 2016, while the number of petrol stations has peaked and begun to decline. It is worth noting that the EV figure includes stations with as few as one charging point, however.
Of the charge points, more than 1,600 provide rapid charging which can recharge a typical battery to around 80% in less than an hour. Nissan gave thanks to Transport for London with installing over 1,000 EV charging points in the last year. The London EV Infrastructure Delivery Plan announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan’s administration in June will see five rapid charging hubs installed across the city. It aims to install the first hub in the Square Mile area by the end of this year. Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director of Nissan Motor Great Britain, said: “We’ve moved beyond the early concerns of range anxiety with EVs now exceeding the vast majority of customer’s daily driving needs. The next challenge is for charging infrastructure to keep pace with the number of EVs on the road, and that the experience of recharging is as enjoyable and effortless as that of all-electric driving.” While major couriers are showing considerable interest in electric vehicles, many cite the lack of charging infrastructure as a considerable obstacle. We, at Ben Carter Electrical Contracting Services Ltd., are an approved installer of Rolec EV Electric Charge Points. We offer a comprehensive range of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions - offering quality products at competitive prices. Should you be looking to get an electrical vehicle in the near future, government lead grants are available (subject to terms and conditions) to help you with the financing of this installation at your property or place of work.
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