EV infrastructure: Some cities more plugged-in than others

Published:  01 June, 2020

Garages with an eye on the electric vehicle future may want to consider if the local infrastructure could support major motorist take-up, and new research shows that Bristol, Milton Keynes, Dundee, Oxford and Brighton & Hove are the UK towns and cities with the highest current ratio of EVs to charging points.

Conversely, Hull, Bradford, Wakefield, Preston and Leicester at present have the lowest.

The research,  from comparison site Uswitch.com, found that this last group, that also includes Stoke-on-Trent, Southend and Birmingham are among the cities that could benefit most from the Government’s £500 million Rapid Charging Fund.

The funding, revealed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last month, suggests that 2,500 rapid charging stations could be installed across England by 2030, rising to 6,000 by 2035.

Comparing the results from a previous study by Tonik Energy in April 2019, Coventry had made the biggest changes in provisions over the last year, installing more than 140 new charging stations - a rise of 293%.

Sarah Broomfield, Energy Expert at Uswitch.com, said: “While there is no obvious regional divide across the UK, it’s clear some locations are more prepared than others. We  look forward to seeing how these changes can help bridge the gaps and impact what vehicles we see on our roads in the years to come.”

She added: “The funding will be instrumental in delivering a more sustainable future for the nation’s transport. It’s crucial though that this investment is spent wisely and is targeted towards the regions that need the funding most.”

Top ten UK cities for EV charging provisions as of May 2020

• Bristol - 22.9 EVs per charging point

• Milton Keynes - 23.4 EVs per charging point

• Dundee - 28 EVs per charging point

• Oxford - 28.5 EVs per charging point

• Brighton - 28.6 EVs per charging point

• Sunderland - 30.7 EVs per charging point

• Greater London - 35 EVs per charging point

• Coventry - 35.4 EVs per charging point

• Lancaster - 41.3 EVs per charging point

• Exeter - 43.3 EVs per charging point

Bottom ten UK cities for EV charging provisions as of May 2020

• Stoke-on-Trent - 268 EVs per charging point

• Southend - 201.8 EVs per charging point

• Birmingham - 174.9 EVs per charging point

• Wolverhampton - 164 EVs per charging point

• Bolton - 161.3 EVs per charging point

• Hull - 157.4 EVs per charging point

• Bradford - 149.2 EVs per charging point

• Wakefield - 138 EVs per charging point

• Preston - 131.9 EVs per charging point

• Leicester - 122.7 EVs per charging point

For full details of Uswitch.com’s ‘Electric Nation’ research, visit
https://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/electric-nation/

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