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Over 100 high-speed EV charging hubs opened in 2022

106 new high-speed charging hubs – of four or more rapid/ultra-rapid devices – opened across the UK in 2022.

This represented a 56% increase in the number of high-speed charging hubs open to EV drivers, up from 189 locations at the end of 2021 to 295 as of December 2022.

High-speed charging hubs with seven or more devices increased from 89 at the end of 2021 to 128 by the end of 2022, an increase of 44%.

In terms of the number of individual ultra-rapid EV charge points, these increased from 1,290 at the end of 2021 to 2,295 by the end of 2022 – an increase of almost 80%.

In comparison, the number of pure electric cars on UK roads grew by 40% over the same period, with more than 42,000 pure electric cars sold in December 2022, overtaking petrol for the first time.

The figures from Zap-Map also show that in 2022, the total number of charging devices across the UK grew by more than 30% – from 28,458 to 37,261 by the end of the year. These 8,800+ new chargers also represent a new record: the highest number of UK charge points ever installed within a year.

The number of on-street charging devices also increased by 36% in 2022 – up from 8,842 devices at the end of 2021 to 12,009 devices by the end of December.

While London and the South East retain the top spots in terms of the highest number of charging points, 2022 saw thousands of chargers installed up and down the UK, with the area that saw the most significant rate of growth last year being the West Midlands. The total number of chargers in the region grew by 52% over the course of the year, increasing from 1,854 devices to 2,816.

Of these 2,816 chargers in the West Midlands, 223 were ultra-rapid devices, with 419 rapid, 1,789 fast, and 385 slow devices at the end of December.

Wales also saw significant growth, with 1,039 devices operational at the end of 2021, and 1,473 by the end of December – an increase of 42%.

Despite this, Greater London saw the highest overall number of devices installed in 2022, increasing from 9,160 devices at the end of 2021 to 11559 at the end of December – an increase of 26%.

Tom Hurst, Fastned

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