How many charging points in the UK

EV charging statistics 2024

Tracking the growth in charging points across the UK
By
Jade Edwards
Updated
04/06/2024

EV charging statistics 2024

The UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is continually growing and changing shape to meet the needs of EV drivers. Through the data collected to drive the Zapmap app, Zapmap tracks these changes to provide the EV charging statistics below. The statistics, which detail how many electric charging points there are in the UK, are updated on a monthly basis. 

The tables and charts below show the growth rate of UK charge points, which are the largest networks, the distribution of UK charging points by geographical area, as well as how many electric charging points in the UK there are at the end of each month. You can also see how many rapid charging points there are across the country.

How many public charging points are there in the UK?

At the end of May 2024, there were 62,536 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 32,992 charging locations.

This represents a year-on-year increase of 43% in the number of public devices, with 18,910 installed since May 2023.

May 2024 charger stats

 

 

How many public charging points were added in May 2024?

In May 2024, 1,304 net new EV charging devices were added to the Zapmap database. 

This was made up of 786 slow, 193 fast, and 325 rapid and ultra-rapid devices.

These numbers take into account that every month some devices are decommissioned  by charge point operators. These net new figures reflect the number of additions to the Zapmap database minus those devices that have been removed from the database. 

These figures show how many electric charging points in the UK there are that are part of the country’s public EV charging infrastructure. However, they do not include the many charge points installed at home or at workplace locations, which are estimated to be more than 700,000. Some of these EV charging points are available to the public in some form via community or visitor charging.

 

How is the UK charging points network growing over time?

As the chart below reveals, the past few years have seen a significant increase in the number of public EV charge points in the UK.

Number of public charging points by power rating (2020 to date)

How powerful are the charging devices available in the UK? 

The four speeds or power ratings that are tracked are defined as slow (3-7kW), fast (8-49kW), rapid (50-149kW) and ultra-rapid (150kW+). These new bandings reflect those referenced in the government's new Public Charge Point Regulations. 

The graph above focuses on the number of charging devices, rather than the capacity to deliver electricity. This masks the fact that devices with different power ratings provide a significant difference in capacity. For instance, while rapid and ultra-rapid chargers only make up around 20% of total devices, they account for around 60% of the total capacity.

Which network has the largest number of EV chargers?

The charging network with the most charge points is Shell Recharge ubitricity, with its network of lamppost chargers. Next up is Pod Point, a network of destination chargers found mainly in retail car parks, particularly supermarkets. In third place is Connected Kerb, which has an extensive network of on-street chargers across the UK.

This data combines devices across all the different power ratings, and the data shows the network with the most charge points but not the highest amount of charging capacity. 

Network market share UK - all electric vehicle charging points

Which areas have the most charge points across the UK?

The geographical area that has the most EV charging points is Greater London with 20,046, followed by the South East with 7,879 and Scotland with 5,484.

Again, this aggregates all the different types of charge devices, so caution should be used when making comparisons. 

Distribution of UK charging points by geographical area

How many electric charging points in the UK are rapid or ultra-rapid?

As of May 2024, there are 12,249 rapid or ultra-rapid charging devices, across 5,336 charging locations in the UK.

Last month, 325 net new rapid or ultra-rapid charging devices were added to the Zapmap database.

The number of rapid and ultra-rapid devices has increased by almost 45% since May 2023.

May Rapid Ultra Rapid charge point stats

 

Which charge point operator has the most rapid and ultra-rapid devices?

The network with the most rapid and ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging points is InstaVolt, which had 1,599 charge points at the end of May 2024.

After InstaVolt, Tesla operates the most rapid and ultra-rapid charging points in the UK, with 1,511, followed by bp pulse with 1,281.

Network market share rapid and ultra-rapid devices

Please note that third parties can use this data provided the source is clearly attributed to Zapmap, any graphs include the Zapmap logo, and a link is added back to https://www.zap-map.com in the body of the article. The data must be strictly copied and updated manually, no automated data collection can be applied in any form. The data can only published in its original state and without any modifications.