New data has revealed the UK cities best and least prepared for the rise in electric cars.
There has been a 55 per cent year-on-year increase in EV registrations, a host of new electric cars are being launched in 2019 and with the Government insisting that it’s committed to a combustion engine-free future, increasing focus is turning to how prepared towns and cities are for electric vehicles.
New analysis of driver and charger data has revealed significant differences around the country, with Sunderland leading the charge and Portsmouth dragging its heels.
Power company Tonik Energy compared the number of licence holders per postcode with the number of publicly available charging points, using data from the DVLA and Zap-Map, to assess how prepared towns and cities are for a rise in EVs.
The study found that Sunderland has the best availability. With 87 points for its 127,015 drivers, it has 1,460 licence holders per charger. The north-east city is also the UK’s first to get ultra-fast charging with the recent opening of a Fastned site that will offer up to 350kW charging.
Milton Keynes is the next best prepared, with 220 chargers for 327,225 drivers, giving it a ratio of 1,487 drivers per charger. Dundee, with 1,635 drivers per chargers, was Scotland’s best-prepared city and the UK’s third, with Greater London (2,227) and Manchester (2,822) completing the top five.
While most EV owners will usually charge their cars at home, as more people adopt electric technology and venture further from home the desire for publicly available charging is also likely to grow.
At the other end of the spectrum, Portsmouth has just 16 public charging points for more than half a million drivers – equivalent to one charger per 32,388 license holders.
Shrewsbury (20,698) and Derby (17,037), are next lowest on the list, with Stroke (17,000) and Cardiff (16,379) also lacking much in the way of EV infrastructure.
Chris Russell, managing director at Tonik commented: “One of the main barriers to purchasing one of these vehicles is the fear of running out of charge on a long journey so it’s crucial that all councils, particularly those towards the bottom of these rankings, recognise the need to invest in publicly available charging points.”
While the data reveals wide regional variation, figures from Zap-Map show that more chargers are springing up, with more than 900 new points added across the UK in April.
“The UK charging point infrastructure is growing at a rapid rate with over 12,000 devices now on the public network,” says Melanie Shuffleboatham, director at Zap-Map.
“A record 900 new devices were added to Zap-Map last month alone; providing a great mix of on-street residential chargers, destination chargers and en-route rapid chargers – necessary to support the day to day urban driving as well as longer electric journeys.”