Electric vehicle charging infrastructure allows consumers to charge their electric vehicle by buying electricity. Often described as the “chicken or egg” problem electric vehicles won’t be popular until charging is readily available and charging won’t be widely deployed until electric vehicles are popular.
Recently a report from the International Energy Agency, (IEA) claims to the year ending 2019 there are now 7.3 million chargers worldwide, unfortunately 6.5 million chargers are private charge points found in homes and places of work.
On the positive, the report also had good news for public charging stations, which they believe grew 60% last year:
“Publicly accessible chargers accounted for 12% of global light-duty vehicle chargers in 2019, most of which are slow chargers. Globally, the number of publicly accessible chargers (slow and fast) increased by 60% in 2019 compared with the previous year, higher than the electric light-duty vehicle stock growth.”
As shown in the table above there are now over 18,000 public charge points in 11,500 locations across the UK, these will include over 1,000 rapid charge points and new charge points are being added daily.
Rapid charge points which allow an electric vehicle to be charged in approximately 20 minutes can now be found in majority of motorway service stations across the UK.
Need a charge? Check out the location map at Zap Map, https://www.zap-map.com/live/