Electric vehicle (EV) charging mapping tool Zap-Map has confirmed that 1,100 EV charging devices had been installed across the entirety of the UK in September.
According to statistics released by Zap-Map, there are now over 34,000 public charging devices in the UK, across nearly 21,000 charging locations. This represents a 35% increase in the total number of charging devices since September 2021.
Zap-Map also confirmed that there has been a 76% increase in the number of ultra-rapid devices across the country since September last year.
By scaling the number of EV chargers available to the general public, it helps to increase accessibility which could in turn lead to further adoption of EVs.
Currently, ubitricity, with its network of lamppost chargers, operates the most public charging devices in the UK, Zap-Map stated. After ubitricity is Pod Point, a network of destination chargers found mainly in retail car parks, particularly supermarkets. In third place is bp pulse, which has an extensive network of rapid and destination chargers across the UK.
Greater London has the greatest share of EV chargers with 11,044 in the vicinity. This is a market share of 31.7%. This is followed by the South East with 4,533, a 13% share, and Scotland with a total of 3,304 chargers installed, a 9.5% share.
Rapid and ultra-rapid chargers have also seen an increase with 256 being connected in September. This means 6,411 in total are now connected across 3,736 locations. This is the fastest means to charge EVs and thus will spearhead the adoption in the coming years.
Since September 2021, there has been a 76% increase in the number of ultra-rapid devices across the country, said Zap-Map.
The adoption of EVs has seen an increase over the course of 2022, with pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) figures having exceeded half a million to reach 519,266 at the end of June 2022, the RAC revealed.
Licensed BEVs one year earlier stood at 282,977 and 130,246 at the end of June 2020, stated the RAC, which analysed data released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
Despite the positive growth throughout the majority of 2022, the energy crisis has had a large impact which could have unforeseen consequences for the remaining months of 2022 and in 2023. The number of registrations during the first three months of the year was 102% more than during the same period in 2021. At the end of August, the year-to-date increase had fallen to 49%.