IT’S ONE thing for SME fleets to switch their drivers into electric vehicles (EVs), it’s often quite another when the driver finds themselves on a longer journey and needs to charge.
At the last count there are nearly 36,000 charge points available, according to Zap-Map, the EV charge point map locator.
But, and here’s the but, not all of those charge points are going to be in full working order.
So what’s the answer?
Well, we all have our favourites that we like to head for. According to EV expert and consultant Jon Burdekin, explaining where he heads for on a long journey in his electric car, his go-tos are InstaVolt, Osprey, Shell Recharge, Gridserve and Ionity.
Jon’s knowledge is extensive on EVs, so if you want you can stop reading and take his word for it.
But in addition to Jon, there is a new guide to the best EV charge points provided by a survey of 4,300 EV drivers carried out by Zap-Map during September 2022.
So it’s a good snapshot of what actual user preferences are in the market.
So What’s The Number One EV Charger Destination?
This year the number one place was a tie between Fastned and MGF. Both feature rapid and ultra rapid chargers to ensure your journey can carry on quickly. By the way, Tesla wasn’t included as they are mainly restricted to Tesla drivers only.
So Here’s The Rundown On The Top Charge Point Providers 2022
- 30 rapid charging devices and 31 ultra-rapid devices at 12 locations across the UK
- Redbridge Park & Ride superhub opened this year near Oxford
Fastned might have escaped your EV radar and there’s good reason. It might be good, but there aren’t many places to find their chargers across the country. There are currently 60 charging devices with distinctive yellow canopies. Users said the fast chargers were very reliable, and the charging experience was superb. You just have to find one.
1= MFG EV Power
- 220 ultra-rapid charging devices across 43 locations; predominantly at fuel forecourts
- Aiming to install 3,000 ultra-rapid chargers by 2031
The Motor Fuel Group has a foot in both camps. It has a network of refuelling stations for petrol and diesel cars, but also an expanding network of charging hubs. Users said there were always a large number of chargers at each location and reliability was good, although cost was rated as expensive.
- 580+ rapid charging devices and 290+ ultra-rapid devices (up from 70 last year)
- Largest rapid charging network (after Tesla)
- InstaVolt devices are often located at Costa Coffee, KFC, Starbucks and McDonalds outlets as well as retail parks, gyms and service stations
With nearly 900 rapid and ultra-rapid charging devices across the country, InstaVolt has the largest rapid network in the UK (second if including Tesla Superchargers). The network, which provides reliable rapid and ultra-rapid chargers with simple contactless payment from Scotland to Cornwall, came in third place for both reliability and ease of use.
Respondents to the survey described InstaVolt devices as “Expensive but fast and reliable.” Others highlighted the breadth of the network too: “Great, reliable, easy PAYG and lots of chargers.”
If there was a complaint it was around the tight parking spaces at some InstaVolt charging locations.
4 = Connected Kerb
- 1,131 fast charging devices and seven slow devices across 308 locations
- Plans to install 190,000 on-street EV chargers by 2030
Connected Kerb is an on-street charging network. It has grown quickly during 2022 and plans to continue that growth through to 2030.
It scored the highest of any on-street network for reliability and it was a similar story for ease of use, with the network tabling a strong joint-fourth. So what’s the downside? There’s no contactless payment option – you need to download the app.
- More than 325+ rapid charging devices, 20 ultra-rapid devices and eight fast devices across 206 locations
- National network located at high-quality sites such as Marston’s pub/restaurant chain, including recently opened Paisley Pear hub at Brackley
Sharing joint fourth is the Osprey network which is committed to creating safe and accessible charging points. It has also recently partnered with British Garden Centres.
Respondent feedback highlighted the reliability of Osprey chargers and the space provided at its new chargers. As with other rapid providers, high prices were highlighted, but typical of the charge point provider is this description: “good locations and tend to work well.”
Here’s The Top 12 List Of Ultimate Charge Point Providers 2022
1 = Fastned and MFG
4= Connected Kerb and Osprey
7= Mer, Pod Point and Ubricity
10= Be.EV and GRIDSERVE Electric Highway
12= ChargePlace Scotland, Swarco E.Connect and VendElectric
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