EV Charging Points Are Now More Common Than Petrol Stations

Fri 16th Aug 2019

The UK electric vehicle revolution has reached a new milestone after it was revealed that there are now more charging points than fuel stations for drivers to take advantage of.

The change has come sooner than some experts predicted, with Nissan claiming in 2016 that the crossover would happen by August 2020 - a full year earlier than expected.

There are 9,300 EV charging stations in the UK, compared to 8,400 fuel stations. Petrol stations have been on a gradual decline over the last few years, whilst the infrastructure for EVs has boomed with many petrol stations now have charging stations installed, most also have a rapid charge option.

Nissan launched their revolutionary EV in 2011, at a time when there were only a few hundred charging stations in the whole of the country and they hope to be at the forefront of the revolution when more and more consumers make the switch to EV.

Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: "Many consumers are saying their next car will be electric.

"That means the industry needs to ensure their desires are met with both the car and how it interacts with the world around it - where they can charge and how convenient that is for them.

"This includes how far the car can travel, what technologies it has, where it can be charged and how convenient it is for them.

"We've moved beyond the early concerns of range anxiety with EVs now exceeding the vast majority of customer's daily driving needs. 

"The next challenge is for charging infrastructure to keep pace with the number of EVs on the road, and that the experience of recharging is as enjoyable and effortless as that of all-electric driving."

In addition to the growth of charging points at petrol stations, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced this week that he had made funds available to install more than 1,000 charging points on residential streets.