UK Now Has More Electric Vehicle Charging Points Than Petrol Stations

UK Now Has More Electric Vehicle Charging Points Than Petrol Stations



As the world weans off its dependence on fossil fuels, things around us will begin to change. One of those things is cars. Vehicles that run off petroleum and diesel will eventually all be replaced by ones that run off electricity. Along with that, petrol stations will disappear and be replaced by charging points. All of this has already been happening and the transition has reached a turning point in the UK. There are now more public electric vehicle (EV) charging sites than petrol stations.

According to data from Zap-Map, as of 22 May 2019, there were 8,471 public EV charging stations across the UK with a total of 13,613 chargers. Meanwhile, data from the Experian Catalist Market Summary Report shows there were 8,400 fuel stations at the end of April.

Zap-Map says that in the last 12 months the number of public EV charging sites has increased by 57%. This increase has occurred to support the growth in the number of EVs on the road from 3,500 six years ago to 210,000 now.

Ben Lane, co-founder and CTO at Zap-Map said:

The public and private sectors are now investing heavily in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient charging points to support the growing electric fleet. This month’s milestone reveals of the rapid pace of change already underway as the age of the combustion engine gives way to an all-electric era with vehicles offering both zero-emissions and a better driving experience.

It is expected that there will be at least one million EVs in the UK by the end of 2022. That number will only continue to rise since the UK Government has planned to ban the sale of new, conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040.


It is also becoming more convenient to use an EV. They are becoming quicker to charge and their range of mileage is growing year by year. The current EV rapid chargers can be expected to offer a 50kW charging rate, which can fully recharge a standard EV in around 40 minutes. The next generation of public EV chargers (which have already made their debut in the UK) offers charging rates of up to 350kW that will allow the electric cars of the future to fully recharge in as little as 10 minutes. Regarding range, there is a battery that can power a car for up to 600 miles currently being developed in Germany.

Daniel Brown, EV Lead at the UK’s Renewable Energy Association, said:

On top of a growing number of on-street and destination charge points across the country, several new companies developing rapid charge points and charging ‘hubs’ have recently been founded or entered the UK market which will give further confidence to both consumers and fleets who wish to go electric.

With so many public charging stations available charging at super high speeds and EVs able to drive hundreds of miles in one charge, the transition away from fossil fuel dependent cars will be a piece of cake!

Lane said:

The fact EV charging sites now outnumber fuel stations in the UK reveals the rapid pace of change already underway as the age of the combustion engine gives way to an all-electric era.

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