More electric car charging stations than fuel stations by 2020

More electric car charging stations than fuel stations by 2020

Despite falling gas prices, which made hybrids and electric vehicles less attractive, sales of the Nissan Leaf rose 35% through November.(Image: John Raoux/Associated Press)

  • Number of electric car charging locations to overtake petrol stations by August 2020.
  • UK has lost more than 75% of petrol stations in four decades, whilst electric charging points have gone from hundreds to thousands in just a few years.
  • Edward Jones, EV Manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd., said; ‘We believe the tipping point for mass EV uptake is upon us.’
  • Nissan was the first manufacturer to introduce a mass-produced electric vehicle and has sold more EVs than any other car brand worldwide.

There will be more public locations to charge electric cars in the UK than there are petrol stations by the summer of 2020, according to new analysis by Nissan.

At the end of 2015, there were just 8,472 fuel stations in the UK, down from 37,539 in 1970. Assuming a steady rate of decline, Nissan predicts that by August 2020 this will fall to under 7,870.*

In contrast, the number of public electric vehicle charging locations is expected to reach 7,900 by the same point in time. However, the accelerating adoption of electric vehicles means this crossover could happen a lot sooner.

Just over 100 years since the first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number in the UK has peaked, declined and is expected to be overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion, powered cars.

More than 75% of UK petrol stations have closed in the last 40 years, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 to more than 4,100 locations in 2016, as electric car sales take off.

According to Go Ultra Low, the joint government and car industry campaign, more than 115 electric cars were registered every day in the first quarter of 2016, equivalent to one every 13 minutes. The campaign also believes electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3m electric cars registered each year.

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