UK reaches public EV charge point milestone with 10,000 locations


The UK now has public EV charge points at more than 10,000 locations, according to recent statistics from Zap-Map. 

When looking at the profile of these 10,000 charging locations, the most common category is on-street sites, which includes both general on-street units in towns and cities and also residential units. These account for 30% of the total.

Car parks – whether public, retail or park and ride – account for a further 25% of all charging locations across the UK.

Enabling charging when staying away from home, facilities are provided at more than 1,400 hotels and B&Bs across the UK.

Service stations account for just 4% of the total charging locations, however these are predominantly rapid chargers, required for long distance travel, with charging points available at all motorway service areas across the UK.

Overall there has been a 53% increase in charging locations since this time last year. Growth has been most significant in on-street EV charging, with 2,100 new locations representing a 232% increase.

Public car parks saw more than 300 new locations added in 12 months, and retail car parks were third with more than 230 sites. This has been driven by significant installations at supermarket chains including Tesco, Lidl and Morrisons.

Public transport infrastructure has also improved considerably compared to last year, with airports (57%), railway stations (45%), and bus stations (36%) showing the greatest growth rates after on-street locations.

Service stations showed a growth of 38%, a figure that is expected to increase further in 2020 as both BP Chargemaster and Shell Recharge ramp up installation plans.

With the 10,000 location milestone reached, there are now more than 16,000 devices available for UK EV drivers, and nearly 28,000 connectors installed.