The number of public EV chargers in the United Kingdom rose 37% last year, government data has revealed – but there are huge regional differences in the network.
The latest Department for Transport (DfT) data is for 1 January 2022 and was drawn from charger-mapping firm Zap-Map.
There were 28,375 public EV chargers available and operational in the UK on that date, which is 7600 more than on 1 January 2021. It also represents a rise of 9% from the previous DfT survey at the start of October 2021.
Of that total, 5156 were rapid chargers, which are defined as being capable of charging at rates of 25kW or more. That represents a 33% year-on-year increase.
Therefore there are now 42 chargers and 7.7 rapid chargers for every 100,000 people in the UK – a ratio that will need to grow dramatically in the lead-up to the ban on all new ICE cars and vans by 2035.
The DfT has also highlighted the huge - and growing - geographical disparity between regions in the UK.
In terms of public chargers, London has 102 for every 100,000 people, which is nearly double any other region in the UK.
Scotland meanwhile has 52 chargers for every 100,000 people, ahead of the South East (39), North East (36), South West (32) and Wales (33).
Northern Ireland has the lowest proportion of chargers, with just 18 for every 100,000 people. The lowest region in England is the North West (24), just behind Yorkshire and the Humber (26).
Scotland is well ahead of the rest of the UK when it comes to rapid chargers, with 12.9 for every 100,000 people. The North East and South East both have 8.6, ahead of London (8.0), the South West (7.9) and Wales (5.6). Northern Ireland lags even further behind the UK in rapid charger provision, with just 1.2 units per 100,000 people.