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The UK passes 40,000 EV connectors, but nearly half are in the South East

A quarter of the UK’s EV chargers are now fast-chargers

The UK passes 40,000 EV connectors, but nearly half are in the South East
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

With more than 495,000 electric vehicles (BEVs and PHEVs) on the roads of the UK, the country’s charging point infrastructure is growing to meet the demand.

As of yesterday, there are now 40,181 charging connectors spread across 14,947 locations, according to Zap-Map, a UK-based online vehicle charging point locator.

Credit: Zap-Map.com

There’s good news and less good news.

The less good news – while it’s promising that more locations are coming online,the geographical distribution of charging points strongly favors the country’s metropolitan capital, London.

Credit: Zap-Map.com

The good news – the numbers are encouraging.

If we compare them with the stats in January, connectors have increased by 33%, and locations by 39%.

Here’s another significant trend.

Fast, rapid, and ultra-rapid chargers play the biggest role in the expansion of devices.

Credit: Zap_Map.com

As more EV models support fast-charging, more of us will be able to take advantage of the tech without having to put our busy lives on hold.

What’s more, rapid chargers (including CHAdeMO, CCS, Type 2, and Tesla) have reached 10,075 connectors.

Credit: Zap-Map.com

This means that rapid chargers now make up 25% of the total connectors, while 245 of them have been installed in the last 30 days.

After the unexpected cut of the plug-in car grant in March, it’s hopeful that the UK is improving its charging infrastructure to support widespread electric car use.

Fingers crossed the next milestone isn’t too far away.


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