There are now almost 1,000 more public places to charge electric cars than there are forecourts to pump petrol in the UK – 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations, according to Nissan.
The company claims that the crossover happened more than a year before its 2016 prediction of August 2020 – a result of the accelerating adoption of EVs (electric vehicles) amongst UK motorists.
Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 (when the Nissan LEAF went on sale) to more than 9,000 in August 2019. Of these locations, more than 1600 provide ‘rapid charging’, and can recharge a typical EV battery to around 80% in under an hour.
According to Zap-Map, two new rapid charge devices came online every day in the last month. Almost all UK motorway service stations have charging stations installed, the majority of which provide a rapid charge option.
Transport for London has installed more than 1,000 EV charge points in the last year alone, yet supply of conventional fuel within the capital is becoming scarcer.
The introduction of the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019, has also led to increasing numbers of London drivers looking to zero-emission solutions for their commuter or commercial transport needs.
The UK government is looking to further support EV adoption, recently announcing a proposal for the installation of charge points for EVs in all new housing.
Nissan also claims since it launched the first mass-market electric vehicle – the LEAF – in 2010, EV technology has continually improved, and the UK is experiencing unprecedented growth in the demand for battery-powered transport.
In August 2019, compared to the previous year, demand for battery electric vehicles increased 158.1%, resulting in a 1.4% market share, the highest monthly market share on record. According to the company, more than 400,000 LEAFs have been sold globally since 2010.
Source: Press Release