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Over 18k EV chargers installed across UK as London continues to take the lead

Whilst the statistics are released by DfT, the data comes from Zap-Map. Image: Zap-Map.

Whilst the statistics are released by DfT, the data comes from Zap-Map. Image: Zap-Map.

The number of electric vehicle (EV) chargers installed across the UK has risen to 18,265 according to figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The figures – which are released quarterly - are sourced from Zap-Map data and show the number of chargers in the UK excluding domestic and workplace charging.

Of the 18,265 chargers installed 3,206 are rapids (43kW+), with the number of chargers jumping up since the October 2019 figures, which showed there were 15,116 chargers and 2,495 rapids, as well as increasing since the April 2020 figures, where there were 17,947 chargers and 3,107 rapids.

However, whilst there has been an increase in the previous quarter, it is clear that the rate of deployment has slowed, likely due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which saw EV charger installations halt in March.

London has continued to maintain its lead, with the region having the highest level of charging device provision per 100,000 of population. It is also slightly ahead in rapid charging device provision, according to the statistics, although Scotland wins out on rapids with the highest level of provision.

Overall, it has 5,151 chargers installed across both inner and outer London, with 437 of these rapids. The boroughs with the highest number of chargers are City of Westminster (575), Wandsworth (444) and Hammersmith and Fullham (316). Outside of London, the south east has the most chargers at 2,473, 532 of which are rapids, closely followed by Scotland which has 1,910, 487 of which are rapids.

The local authority outside of London with the most is Milton Keynes (285), followed by Cornwall (205), Coventry (203) and Leeds (195).

One of the two local authorities that recorded no chargers in the October 2019 statistics - Barrow-in-Furness - has now got two EV chargers installed. The other – the Isles of Scilly – remains at 0.


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