Fortunately, the United Kingdom has been working hard to increase the number of electric charging stations, and it has recently hit a significant milestone. The UK now has over 10,000 rapid chargers installed across the country, making it one of the most accessible EV charging infrastructure in the world. In this blog, we will dive deeper into what this means for EV drivers in the UK.
Updated statistics reveal that there are now over 10,000 rapid and ultra-rapid charging facilities distributed across 5,000 locations in the UK
The UK's achievement of installing 10,000 rapid chargers is a significant milestone, as it means EV drivers can now travel more comfortably and efficiently. With the number of charging stations spread throughout the country, drivers can be sure that they will always find a nearby charging point when needed.
According to data compiled by Zap Map, a website that tracks the locations of electric vehicle charging stations, the majority of charging points in the UK are located in large towns and cities. However, rural and remote areas are not left out, as they still have access to charging stations that are typically located in supermarkets, shopping centres, and car parks.
In addition to the 10,000 rapid chargers, Zapmap data shows an increasing trend for charging hubs. A ‘charging hub’ refers to a location that has six or more rapid or ultra-rapid chargers for electric vehicles. This time last year, there were only 99 UK charging hubs. Today, that figure has more than doubled to 239.
It's not just the quantity of chargers that's important, but also the quality. The UK's rapid charging infrastructure is made up of primarily 50kW chargers, capable of delivering between 80 to 100 miles of range in just 30 minutes. However, new high-power chargers capable of charging at 150kW are being deployed around the country, meaning drivers can charge even faster. Additionally, new chargers are being installed that feature contactless payments, smart metering, and 24/7 customer support, making electric vehicle charging more accessible and user-friendly.
With the UK government's new targets to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the country needs comprehensive EV charging infrastructure. The 10,000th rapid charger installation is a milestone worth celebrating! Not only does it make EV ownership more convenient and accessible for everyone, but it also helps to significantly reduce our carbon emissions.
As the UK continues to move towards a greener future, we can expect the number of rapid chargers to continue to grow, making it even easier for drivers to make the switch to electric. Whether you're considering buying an electric car or have been driving one for years, the future is looking brighter than ever for sustainable transport in the UK.