Revealed: There are twice as many public charging points for electric cars in the UK as there are petrol filling stations

  • DfT data shows there were 17,947 public electric car charging devices in April
  • That compares to 8,046 filling stations in the UK, according to latest figures
  • While availability is up, stats show there is ‘uneven geographical distribution

There are officially more than twice as many public charge points for electric cars in the UK than there are petrol stations, the Department for Transport has confirmed.

As of 1 April, there were 17,947 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK – 3,107, or 17 per cent, of which are rapid devices, the government said.

BP Chargemaster Rapid Charger at Milton Keynes Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

BP Chargemaster Rapid Charger at Milton Keynes Charging Hub (Image: T. Larkum)

The UK Petroleum Industry Association’s latest figures show there were 8,046 filling stations as the nation.

The figures were published as part of the DfT’s ongoing tracking of public chargers as ministers continue to push motorists to choose electric vehicles to reduce traffic-related air pollution.

The data, provided by Zap-Map, shows that since 2015, the number of public charging devices has grown by 402 per cent.

A charging device is a unit capable of charging the batteries of one or more plug-in electric vehicles simultaneously. There is often more than one device at a location.

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Comments (2)

  1. Richard hilliard


    Ther is a polar charger in accringtonwhic I have been to a few times but it’s always broke I repeatedly ring polar and they tell me it’s going to be fixed soon at least a month ago now it’s pathetic.

  2. Paul M


    number-of-chargers is not comparable to number-of-fuel-stations
    we need more chargers than fuel pumps, probably four to six times as many, because people will typically spend at least four times as long charging than they would refuelling.

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