UK surpasses 50,000 electric vehicle charging points, paving the way for future EV growth


Author: Mankirat Kaur

The UK has achieved a significant milestone in its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, surpassing 50,000 charging points, as reported by e-Mobility service provider Zapmap, a platform and app that helps electric vehicle drivers find and navigate to charging points.

The 50,000th installation, an ultra-rapid device at a service station in Weston-super-Mare, marks a notable acceleration in the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. The 40,000th charger was installed in February 2023, reflecting a remarkable increase in pace compared to the previous year, where when only 10,000 chargers were added.

This achievement is a crucial step toward towards the country's target of installing 300,000 chargepoints by 2030. Melanie Shufflebotham, 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 chargepoint installations.”

Zapmap's recent report reveals a 68% increase in the number of ultra-rapid chargepoints in the UK since September 2022. This growth trajectory positions the UK to continue its momentum toward achieving 100,000 charging devices by 2025.

Ian Johnson, Chair of ChargeUK, said, “The rate of deployment is increasing all the time. In the last 12 months alone, the public chargepoint network has increased by 43 per cent. However, we can go further and faster with the right policies and help from the government to remove barriers that constrain the roll-out.”

The study indicates that the installation rate needs to increase fivefold to replace petrol cars by the end of the decade. Despite this, recent decisions, such as the UK retracting its pledge to ban the sale of petrol cars by 2030, raise questions about the future trajectory of EV policies in the country.