Which City Has Most Rapid EV Chargers?

Sat 25th Jun 2022

The proliferation of electric cars on the UK road network means that the scrap for charging points whilst on the move is more intense than ever, and for those e-motorists who don’t have the time for a long charge, then rapid and ultra-rapid chargers are at a premium.

The difference between and rapid and ultra-rapid chargers is currently about five minutes, with rapid chargers adding approximately 100 miles of charge in 20 minutes, ultra-rapid can add the same distance in 15 minutes. 

So as the electric vehicle infrastructure matures, which cities and areas are ahead of the curve in offering drivers the most up-to-date technology? According to analysis from Admiral and Zap-Map, Nottingham is the city with the most rapid and ultra-rapid chargers, whilst Birmingham is top spot for ultra-rapid charge points on their own.

The Midlands is well represented in the survey, with four of the top five cities coming from that region, including Coventry, which has been a groundbreaking test bed for electric vehicles technology.

Encouragingly the number of rapid and ultra-rapid chargers has grown significantly in the last five years, up from 973 in 2016 to 5,750 at the end of April 2022, a 490 per cent increase.

Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-founder & COO at Zap-Map, said: “As the number of pure-electric cars on the road approaches half a million, a robust charging network is critical. Over the past few years there has been huge investment in high-powered chargers and it's great to see many cities across the UK having a strong provision.

 “There are of course a range of different needs when it comes to charging an EV, but continued investment in high-powered chargers for longer journeys is crucial as the number of EVs on the road continues to grow at pace. Nottingham may well be leading the charge in this area right now, but it will certainly be interesting to see which city takes the top spot in two years’ time.”