More EV chargers than petrol stations in UK
There are now more electric vehicle (EV) charging locations than there are petrol stations in the UK.
The latest figures show that that are 9,300 EV charging locations compared with 8,400 fuel stations – almost 1,000 more public places to charge electric cars than there are fuel stations.
This has happened a year before Nissan’s 2016 prediction of the date being August 2020. It is a result of the accelerating adoption of EVs among UK motorists and fleet operators.
In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion, powered cars.
Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 (when the Nissan Leaf went on sale) to more than 9,000 in August 2019.
Of these, more than 1,600 provide ‘rapid charging’, and can recharge a typical EV battery to around 80% in under an hour.
Two new rapid charge devices came online every day last month.
Almost all UK motorway service stations now have charging stations installed, the majority of which provide a rapid charge option.
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 has nearly half as many petrol stations per car as the Scottish Highlands; only four left within the congestion-charge zone.