UK hits 50,000 electric vehicle charge point milestone

There has now been over 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed in the UK, it has been announced.

According to data from Zapmap, there are now more than 50,000 public charging devices installed across the country as the infrastructure continues to grow.

Earlier this month, Zapmap, the UK’s leading charge point mapping service, released quarterly statistics that show the number of ultra-rapid charge points in the UK had increased by 68% since September 2022, with the number of slow chargers increasing by almost 68% as well.

Based on the current rate of installation, Zapmap calculate that the UK is likely to reach 100,000 charging devices in August 2025.

Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-founder and COO at Zapmap, hailed the impact that this will have on EV drivers.

She 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, these are changes that bring real benefits to electric car drivers up and down the country.'

Meanhwile, Arnold Clark recently announced plans to install over 500 electric vehicle chargers across the UK in an investment worth £23 million.

Arnold Clark customers will have access to the 'Arnold Clark Charge' network, which will be available to book safely and securely on a 24/7 basis.

The Group also acquired Scottish-based electric vehicle charge point installers, Bumblebee.

From solar powered to smart home wall chargers, Bumblebee have the ability to install every OZEV-approved charge point on the UK market.

Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director of Arnold Clark, added: 'Our customers won't have any range anxiety when dealing with Arnold Clark because we will have a charging solution for them at our branches.

'Arnold Clark Charge is our £23 million infrastructural investment in electric vehicle charging. We're going to have over 500 fast chargers across our network, from Inverness to Southampton, from Liverpool to Milton Keynes.

'These chargers are for Arnold Clark customers and their unique selling point is that they're bookable, available 24/7 and totally secure, while there will be preferential rates for our customers.'

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