THE number of electric vehicle charging devices has grown be 49% in the first nine months of 2019.
Statistics released by the Department for Transport show that since 2015 the number of publicly available chargepoints has risen by 312%.
London has the greatest number of chargepoints, but it’s Scotland that is really taking the lead in electric vehicle chargepoint provision.
Already Scotland has more chargepoints than fuel filling stations, but the DfT stats show that Scotland has by far the greatest number of rapid chargers and is above average in the total number of electric vehicle chargepoints per 100,000 population.
In total the UK has 15,116 public electric vehicle charging points and 2,495 rapid charge points.
The DfT said its statistical data had been sourced from Zap-Map and had been badged as Experimental Statistics and were “still subject to testing in terms of their volatility”.
Nevertheless, for fleets and leasing companies wishing to encourage electric take up, the growing number of chargepoints will be welcome.
A survey by LeasePlan (October 2019) found that EV infrastructure was the biggest barrier to electric vehicle adoption in the UK: 64% of those surveyed saying it was the number one issue preventing them from taking an EV.
Recently Allstar launched its Allstar One Electric card – a business payment solution that works across multiple EV chargepoint providers.
Paul Holland, managing director of UK Fuels, Allstar Business Solutions, added:
“From our research, over one in four large businesses are planning to add EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles to their fleets by 2021. And by doing so, there clearly is a future for low emission, low cost, highly efficient transport for employees, goods and services.”