Zapmap's latest report for 2023 reveals a significant increase in EV charge points across the UK. The data shows a notable rise in the number of fast chargers and charging hubs, particularly designed to cater to longer journeys. Compared to the previous year, there has been a 45% increase in public chargers, bringing the total to over 50,000 by December 2023. This translates to almost 1,400 new chargers being installed each month.
In addition to the surge in charging infrastructure, there has been a remarkable growth in the sale of pure-electric cars, with a 51% increase compared to the previous year. High-power chargers have also seen a substantial rise, increasing by 52% in 2023. Notably, ultra-rapid chargers, known for their super-fast charging capabilities, now make up 46% of the high-power chargers in the country.
The expansion of charging hubs is another noteworthy trend, with more hubs being established beyond traditional locations like motorway stops. Furthermore, there has been a significant increase in the installation of street chargers, making it more convenient for EV owners without home charging facilities.
Improvements in regional charger distribution are evident, with various areas in the UK enhancing their charging networks. Initiatives such as the LEVI scheme are expected to further accelerate this progress in 2024.
Melanie Shufflebotham from Zapmap emphasized their commitment to providing reliable charging solutions for EV drivers, while Ian Johnston from ChargeUK expressed optimism about the UK's potential to become a global leader in EV driving and charging.