The UK Now Has More EV Charging Locations Than Gas Stations

While local authorities in many countries are having a hard time satisfying the EV owners’ needs with sufficient charging stations, their number has surpassed those of gas stations in the United Kingdom.

The country now has 9,300 locations where electric vehicle users can charge them. More than 1,600 of those provide fast charging, which can bring up a typical battery’s capacity from 0 to around 80 percent in less than an hour, in cars that support it.

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Reducing the range anxiety by the constant upgrade of electric vehicles combined with a proper charging infrastructure has led to a local market share of 1.4 percent, with demand of battery-powered cars increasing by 158.1 percent this month alone. The introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in April has had a noticeable effect on Londoners, some of whom are now looking to EV solutions for their daily commute.

“We’ve moved beyond the early concerns of range anxiety with EVs now exceeding the vast majority of customers’ daily driving needs”, said Nissan UK’s managing director Kalyana Sivagnanam. “The next challenge is for charging infrastructure to keep up tith the number of EVs on the road, and that the experience of recharging is as enjoyable and effortless as that of all-electric driving.”

While the number of EV stations has increased greatly (in 2011 there were just a few hundred), gas stations have been reduced by almost 80 percent since 1970 and currently count 8,400. The first fuel station in Britain opened at Aldermaston, in Berkshire, almost one century ago, in November 1919.

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  • Craig

    As I see it… for EV’s to completely take over there is going to have to be some way to keep the batteries charged WITHOUT going to ‘charging stations’. Phones, etc. can now be charged without plugging them into anything. Maybe some sort of grid will be impeded into the roads so EV’s are always being charged. And I think Hyundai is on the right track with their solar panel roof. Add all of that [and anything else you can imagine] to the batteries themselves lasting a LOT longer [at least 5 times what they do now] and EV’s will win this war. Now whether or not that makes you happy is another question. Hmm…

    • Mr. EP9

      BMW has a wireless charging pad for certain models. Maybe more manufacturers will do the same?

      • europeon

        A wireless pad that charges slower and wastes at least half the energy.

    • khc

      “…there is going to have to be some way to keep the batteries charged WITHOUT going to ‘charging stations’.”
      The key to EVs being practical is for home charging to be accessible. Battery technology will continue advancing, as well.

  • Mark Hawthorne

    So what one has to ask. There are two petrol stations and two chargers in my town with a population of 22,000. Each petrol station has 10 pumps and the average fill takes, at most, 5 minutes. So, 20 pumps that can be used at least 10 times per hour or 2 chargers that take an hour or more to charge a car. I’ve seen two Jaguars waiting with a Zoe and a Leaf left to charge and a potential 2 hour wait to charge (the maximum stay in the car park). You’d need ten times this many chargers to have any kind of comparison.

  • EyalN

    For every electric car you need to have 2 EV Charging Locations.
    Electric cars are really useless.

    • khc

      So were gasoline-engined cars in 1910.

      • EyalN

        Indeed, we are back in 1910 now.

  • Six Thousand Times

    You’re still going to want to charge your EV overnight at home or during the day in your company car park.

  • Super Rob

    So they say “stations” instead of actual pumps, to make it all look good. The reality is about half the people, if that actually have garages where they could charge. Then if you figure in two cars and teen, that’s a lot of 220 power. When EV’s are feasible, all the convenience stores will switch the pumps to electric without the taxpayer having to foot the bill. All these EV charging stations will cost a fortune to put in, and they will not be used after the big switch.

  • Craig

    Thanks for the link! Very interesting. Reminds of the old electric trolley buses I was on as a kid that were hooked up to electrical wires above them!

    • Bill Nguyen

      No problem! I know in China and South Korea they’re working on those charging roads as well. Electric is definitely the future for buses.

  • Thegunof42 88’s

    My only issue is with battery health. Don’t want to come to a point where I’m have to junk and buy a new car every year due to battery degradation, like a phone.

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