UK hits 50,000 EV charge point milestone

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Oct 9, 2023

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Zapmap, the UK’s leading charge point mapping service, has confirmed that the UK has surpassed 50,000 electric vehicle charging points.

Operated by en-route provider MFG EV Power, the 50,000th charging device to be installed was an ultra-rapid device at a service station in Weston-super-Mare.

With the 40,000th charge point only installed in February, the latest milestone also reflects encouraging growth in two key areas of the country’s charge point infrastructure. 

Last week, Zapmap’s quarterly statistics showed that the number of ultra-rapid charge points in the UK increased by 68% since September 2022, with the number of slow chargers increasing by almost 68% as well.

Looking ahead, given the current rate of installation, Zapmap’s calculations show that the UK is likely to reach 100,000 charging devices in August 2025.

“Hitting 50,000 public charging devices is a really important milestone for the country and illustrates the sea change behind the increased rate of charge point installations,” said Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-founder & COO at Zapmap.

Ade Thomas, Founder of World EV Day, added: “There has been a great deal of negative press about the number of public chargers. 

“With the 50,000 threshold having been hit, on the UK’s journey to being an EV nation, we should now start really talking up what a great job the British green tech sector are doing bringing this huge number of EV chargers online, and all in super quick time.” 

Power Rating Group Devices End Sept 2022 Devices End Sept 2023 YOY Growth
Slow 8,503 14,252 68%
Fast 19,748 26,421 34%
Rapid 4,241 5,336 19%
Ultra-Rapid 2,305 3,873 68%
All 34,797 49,882 43%

 

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