How many charging points in the UK

EV charging statistics 2024

Tracking the growth in charging points across the UK
By
Jade Edwards
Updated
05/02/2024

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 in the UK there are updated on a monthly basis. 

The tables and charts below show the growth rate of UK charge points, which are the largest networks, and 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 January 2024, there were 55,301 electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 31,445 charging locations. This represents a 46% increase in the total number of charging devices since January 2023.

January 2024 EV charging statistics

 

 

How many public charging points were added in January 2024?

In January 2024, 1,436 net new EV charging devices were added to the Zapmap database. 

This was made up of 246 net new slow devices, 822 fast, 142 rapid and 226 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. Since January 2023 a further 17,450 charge points were added to the UK network, a growth of 46%.

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 18,628, followed by the South East with 6,381 and Scotland with 4,696.

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 January 2024, there are 10,541 rapid or ultra-rapid charging devices, across 5,076 charging locations in the UK.

Last month, 368 net new rapid or ultra-rapid charging devices were added to the Zapmap database.

January 2024 Rapid Charging statistics

 

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 1,402 charge points at the end of January 2024.

After InstaVolt, Tesla operates the most rapid and ultra-rapid charging points in the UK, with 1,243, followed by bp pulse with 1,174.

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.