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50,000 EV charge points now installed in the UK

Zapmap, the UK’s leading charge point mapping service, has today confirmed that the UK has surpassed 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

According to the data from Zapmap, there are now more than 50,000 public charging devices installed across the country. The 50,000th charging device to be installed was an ultra-rapid device at a service station in Weston-super-Mare, operated by en-route provider MFG EV Power.

The milestone reflects encouraging growth in two key areas of the country’s charge point infrastructure. Last week, Zapmap’s quarterly statistics showed that the number of ultra-rapid charge points in the UK increased by 68% since September 2022, with the number of slow chargers increasing by almost 68% as well.

Indeed, the timing of the milestone also demonstrates the acceleration in the rate of charge point installation over recent years. October’s 50,000 charge point milestone follows hot on the heels of the 40,000 mark, which the UK surpassed in February 2023. In this case, the milestone installation was part of the GeniePoint network, at Morrisons Southport.

Looking back further, the UK hit 30,000 charging devices in February 2022 (bp pulse, Botany Bay), which followed the 20,000 mark in September 2020 (Pod Point, Tesco Superstore Scarborough). The 10,000 charging devices milestone came in August 2018, with the installation of an InstaVolt device at Meadowfield Filling Station.

Looking ahead, given the current rate of installation, Zapmap’s calculations show that the UK is likely to reach 100,000 charging devices in August 2025.

Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-founder & COO at Zapmap, said: “Hitting 50,000 public charging devices is a really important milestone for the country and illustrates the sea change behind the increased rate of charge point installations.

“Having passed 40,000 charge points in February, our predictions are that there will be 100,000 chargers by August 2025 – which would certainly be a major achievement.

“Alongside the number of high-power charging hubs in the UK more than doubling in the past year, as we saw last week, these are changes that bring real benefits to electric car drivers up and down the country.”

All 50,000 charge points can be found on the Zapmap app, where electric car drivers can locate a charger to suit their needs. This may be a high-powered device to charge up on a long journey, a destination charger at a retail outlet or car park to top up while parked, or an on-street charger suitable for overnight charging.

In parallel, Zapmap Insights has developed a range of products that enable the industry to understand charge point profiles as well as the patterns of utilisation across the UK’s public charging network, helping to support both benchmarking requirements and investment decisions. Find out more on the Zapmap website.

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