London is once again leading the way in terms of the number of EV chargers, according to research from LeaseElectricCar.co.uk.
Using data from the Department for Transport, the company found that as of January 2022, there were 28,375 public electric vehicle charging devices across the UK, compared to July 2021 when there were 24,374 – an increase of 4,001 devices.
In the last twelve months the number of public devices has increased by 37% – a total of 7,600 across the UK.
This number has increased year on year since 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down. Another big development over the last year is the rise of rapid charging devices, which has grown by a third, equating to 1,276 devices in total. A number which has again, increased every year since 2015.
London currently has the highest concentration of public charging points with 102 per 100,000 of the population. This is 84 more per 100,000 than Northern Ireland and 78 more than the North west – which could suggest that there will be further developments in these areas during 2022.
The story is different when it comes to rapid chargers with Scotland being progressive in this area. There are currently 12.9 rapid chargers per 100,000 people in Scotland in comparison to just 8 in London.
The East Midlands saw the greatest amount of growth when it comes to rapid charging devices between October 2021 and January 2022.
A spokesperson for LeaseElectricCar.co.uk said: “It is clear from the data that there has been growth in every part of the country and when we look back at the previous years it’s hard to see this changing.
“There is no surprise that London comes out top of the list when it comes to the sheer number of charging devices. But Scotland looks well on its way, with a higher number of rapid chargers per 100,000 than the capital.
“The electric car market is booming but this means that there is a requirement at a local level for an increased amount of electric chargers to account for this growth.”