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New ‘league table’ reveals gaps in charging provision

Local authorities are being urged to take advantage of funding for charging as a new ‘league table’ reveals gaps in provision.


At 1 October 2019, there were 15116 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK. Of these, 2495 were rapid devices.

The data reveals that London currently leads the electric vehicle infrastructure revolution nationally with almost 4,000 charging stations, while Scotland has more than 1,500 charging devices, with the North West, South East and South West regions just behind. In these regions Glasgow City, Manchester and Liverpool cities, and Milton Keynes are amongst the best performing local authorities.

However, while there are now more charging locations than petrol stations, there are still over 100 local authorities with fewer than 10 public charging devices per 100,000 population. Overall, there are 15,000 charging devices across the country, equating to 22,500 places to charge.

In response, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said postcode should “play no part” in ease of using an electric car and has urged local authorities to take advantage of £5m funding available to help build up local charging infrastructure and increase access to charge points for drivers.

Shapps commented: “I’m determined electric vehicles become the new normal for drivers.

“It’s good news there are now more charging locations than petrol stations, but the clear gaps in provision are disappointing. I urge local councils to take advantage of all the government support on offer to help ensure drivers in their area don’t miss out.”

Funding for electric vehicle charge points remains available in 2019/20 through schemes including the:

  • On-street residential charge point scheme (£5m)
  • Workplace charging scheme (£500 per charge point socket and £10,000 per business)
  • Electric vehicle homecharge scheme (£500 per charge point socket)

The Government has also recently announced a £400m charging infrastructure investment fund, which aims to catalyse private investment in charging infrastructure, and is consulting on requiring charge points be built into all new homes with a parking space.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.