Last week the department for transport released the statistical press release, including the electric vehicle charging devices across the UK.
Within the report, it found that at 1 July 2020, there were 18,265 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK. Of these, 3,206 were rapid devices. Since 2015, the number of public charging devices has grown by nearly five times to July 2020, with an 11% increase in the year to date. Rapid charging devices have also grown quickly, increasing by 363% since 2015.
In the second quarter of 2020, 318 more devices were available in total, up 2% on the previous quarter, with 99 of the 318 devices being rapid charging ones.
Additionally, the report found that there is an imbalanced geographical distribution of charging devices across the UK. However, this is due to some UK local authorities making a bid for UK Government funding for charging devices, and others have not.
Most of the provision of this infrastructure has been market-led, with individual charging networks and other businesses, such as hotels, choosing where to install devices.
The report included a number of data table, including the number of public charging devices per 100,00 of population by UK county and regions. It found that within England there was 27 charger points, whereas Scotland had 35 per 100,000 but Wales ranked in third by Country with only 21, with Northern Ireland ranking last with 16 devices.
The table on the right shows a breakdown of the number of public electric vehicle charging devices per 100,000 people in each region of the UK. As you can see, London is the standout region with 57 charging points with the whole of Scotland ranking second with 35.
Charging devices have largely been financed by private sector investment, however a number of the devices have been Government funded via a number of grant schemes operated by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
OLEV also offers grant funding for private domestic charging and workplace charging devices, but these types of devices are not included within these statistics as they are not necessarily available to the general public.
Source: Zap-Map, Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0
The next quarterly report is scheduled for release in November 2020, but can we expect more electric charging points as the UK prepare for a green recovery plan from the coronavirus pandemic.
Installing an electric charging point in your home or business can offer a range of benefits, including the low cost of the product. Even though you’ll have to cover the installation costs yourself, the OLEV grant gives you 75% of the cost of the charger, up to a maximum of £500.
After the initial outlay on installation, your charging costs will be much cheaper. The cost of home charging will vary depending on the model of car that you have and your electricity tariff, but a full charge might cost as little as £3, meaning your car could cost as little as 2p per mile to run.
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