New data on EV charging infrastructure shows 44,020 public EV charging devices installed in the UK

A black Mercedes electric vehicle being charged kerbside.

Official statistics on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure published by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) on 26 July 2023 show that there were 44,020 public electric vehicle charging devices installed in the UK as on 1 July 2023. of which 8,461 were rated “rapid” devices or above, which represents 19% of all charging devices 24,918 were rated “fast” chargers, which represents 57% of all charging devices. The statistics are based on data provided by Zapmap. Since 1 July 2022, the number of installed public devices has increased by 12,009, a 38% year-on-year increase.

The new Department for Transport report shows the disparity in the rollout of EV charging infrastructure across different regions and nations of the UK. While the average public EV charging provision in the UK was 66 per 100,000 people. Northern Ireland has just 23 devices per 100,000 people, followed by the North-West of England and East Midlands with 39 and 43 devices per 100,000 respectively. London, with the highest level of provision, has almost four times more than the North-West of England, with 152 charge points per 100,000 population. It was encouraging to note that Scotland had the next highest at 73 devices per 100,000 although Scotland had the smallest increase in the number of total charging devices between April to June 2023 at just 1.7%. It must be noted that the number of available devices can fluctuate for a range of reasons. Increases likely reflect the installation of new devices, whilst owners and operators can choose to temporarily or permanently decommission or replace devices. Charging devices can also be unavailable due to faults, maintenance or other restrictions in the area where they are located, though data on the status of charging devices is not held by DfT.

The report can be accessed at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/electric-vehicle-charging-device-statistics-july-2023/electric-vehicle-charging-device-statistics-july-2023

An interactive map of the data has also been published by Department for Transport (DfT) which can be accessed at the link below:

https://maps.dft.gov.uk/ev-charging-map/index.html

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