Rapid Rise Of Ultra-Rapid Chargers

Wed 27th Jul 2022

One of the biggest barriers to purchasing an electric vehicle for many in the market for a car, is the worry that there isn’t enough public chargers available to meet demand.

It’s a worry that many motoring organisations and campaigners have raised, with local authorities and the government seemingly at loggerheads over who is to take responsibility. And while there are many different options at service stations, the myriad of tariffs and schemes that an EV owner might need to sign up to is mindboggling.

But there is some good news finally, with figures published this week revealing that there has been a significant rise in the number of ultra-rapid DC chargers available on the network. The analysis which has been provided by charging app Zap-Map, shows that there has been a 40 per cent increase in the first six months of 2022. By the end of 2021, there were 1,290, but now that figure is up to 1,803, which is great news for those wanting to go on a long journey, but needing a fast charge.

The number of ultra-rapid chargers still has some way of catching rapid (99kW) and fast (22kW), with numbers of 4,215 and 18,461 respectively. Overall there has been a growth of 15 per cent in charging points in the UK, with the latest figure showing a total 32,663 across the country.

Greater London has the highest number of chargers, but the North East has the highest growth.

“We know there are a variety of use cases for electric vehicle chargers, more so than with a petrol or diesel vehicle, so it’s really encouraging to see the UK’s charging infrastructure showing growth in a number of different areas,” said Melanie Shufflebotham, the chief operating officer at Zap-Map and one of the firm’s co-founders. 

“The 40% increase in the number of ultra-rapid chargers is clearly the headline figure so far in 2022. These types of chargers make longer journeys far easier, so the big increase should really mean we see an end to range anxiety.

“It’s crucial that the rollout of high-speed charging hubs continues at pace, alongside the increasing provision of on-street chargers for those without driveways, ideally with local councils engaged along the way.”