EV Charging Stats 2021

With new charge points being added daily, the UK’s charging point infrastructure is continually changing. The tables and charts below track charging point distribution by speed, region and network market share; the charging point figures are updated live directly from the Zap-Map database. In addition, the profile of electric vehicle sales is also tracked and updated monthly from official sources.

Note that this data can be used by third parties as long as the source is clearly attributed to Zap-Map, a logo is added to any graphs and if online, a link is added back to https://www.zap-map.com.

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How many charging points are there in the UK?

Zap-Stats – 24 September 2021

0

Connectors

0

Devices

0

Locations

0

Last 30 days

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As shown in the table, the total number of locations which have a public charging point installed is 0, the number of devices at those locations is 0 and the total number of connectors within these devices is 0. There have been 0 new devices added to the Zap-Map database over the last 30 days which equates to 0 new connectors.

Number of public charging points by speed (2016-to date)

Total devices: 25893, Updated: 24 September 2021

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The chart shows the breakdown of charge point devices by slow (3-5kW), fast (7-22kW), rapid (25-99kW) and ultra-rapid (100kW+) power rating for the past five years and 2021 to date. As the chart reveals, the past few years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of public EV charge points in the UK. Between the end of 2016 and 2020 there has been an increase of 220% in the number of public chargers. Another trend is the growth in slow chargers, as local authorities install on-street charging options to enable EV purchase for people without off-street parking.

Market share of UK charging points by network

Total devices: 25893, Updated: 24 September 2021

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The pie-chart above shows the number of chargers for the largest charging networks in the UK. As can be seen, ubitricity, with its lamp post chargers now operates the most public charging devices in the UK.

Distribution of UK charging points by geographical area

Total devices: 25893, Updated: 24 September 2021

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The pie-chart above shows how many chargers there are across each of the UK regions. Greater London has the most charging points followed by the South-East and Scotland.


How many rapid charging points are there in the UK?

Rapid Chargers – 24 September 2021

11047

Connectors

4827

Devices

3079

Locations

137

Last 30 days

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The table shows the total number of locations which have a rapid (incl. ultra-rapid) public charging point installed (3079), the number of rapid devices at those locations (4827) and the total number of rapid connectors within these devices (11047). There have been 137 new rapid devices added to the Zap-Map database over the last 30 days, which equates to 269 new rapid connectors.

Number of rapid public charging points by type (2011-to date)

Total rapid connectors: 11047, Updated: 24 September 2021

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As shown in the chart, there has been strong growth in the number of rapid chargers in the UK from just over 30 CHAdeMO connectors in 2011 to over 9000 rapid connectors across CHAdeMO, CCS, Tesla and Type 2 Rapid chargers by the end of 2020. From 2019 to 2020 CCS connector types saw the largest increase due to the emergence and demand for ultra-rapid charging speeds.


Market share UK rapid charging points by network

Total rapid devices: 4827, Updated: 24 September 2021

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The above pie chart displays the largest rapid charging networks in the UK. As can be seen, the bp pulse network operates the most rapid charging devices in the UK.


How many electric vehicles are there in the UK?

With increasing consumer demand, greater availability of vehicles and government support, the sales of electric vehicles is growing strongly in parallel to the development of the UK charging point infrastructure. The profile of new registrations of electric vehicles in the UK since 2012 are shown in the charts below. For clarity when looking at the figures, there are two main types of electric or plug-in vehicle included in the analysis – battery electric vehicle (BEV), which are also referred to as a pure electric vehicle, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).


Cumulative number of plug-in vehicles registered in the UK (2012 to date)

Source: SMMT, OLEV, DfT Statistics. Updated: August 2021

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The chart above shows the number of electric cars registered in the UK – as of the end of August 2021 there were more than 600,000 plug-in vehicles with approx. 300,000 BEVs and 305,000 PHEVs registered. Last year saw the biggest annual increase in number of registrations, with more than 175,000 electric vehicles registered showing a growth of 66% on 2019. Last year, despite the coronavirus impact, the chart showed that 2020 was a huge growth year for plug-in vehicles.


Number of new plug-in registrations by month

Source: SMMT. Updated: August 2021

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The above chart shows the number of registrations and market share of plug-in vehicles each month over the past 13 months. Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, sales of all vehicles were hit from mid-March, however electric vehicles were affected less than other vehicle types, as can be seen by the anomalous market share in April.

Electric vehicle registrations continue to rise in absolute numbers, with 12,437 new registrations in August 2021 (7,388 BEVs and 5,049 PHEVs), the market share last month was 18.3%. Note that, in the UK, March and September are new registration plate months, which accounts for the twice-yearly peaks in sales and drop in market share in these periods.


Annual market share – plug-in market share of new car registrations (2012 to date)

Source: SMMT, OLEV, DfT Statistics. Updated: August 2021

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As shown in the chart, the number of electric vehicles as a proportion of all new vehicles showed a significant increase in 2020. In 2015 just 1.1% of new vehicles registered had a plug compared to 3.2% in 2019; by the end of December, this figure has accelerated to 10.7% as an average for the year (6.6% BEV and 4.1% PHEV). These numbers reflect both the increase in demand for electric vehicles and the decline in demand for traditional, particularly diesel, vehicles.

Over the past few years the majority of the new registrations were PHEVs, but in 2020 with longer range and greater model choice available as BEVs, this has now reversed with pure EVs leading on monthly sales and annual market share (see previous chart).

2021 continues to be a strong year for EV sales with 122% growth year to date when comparing 2021 to 2020 as of the end of August.



Note that this data can be used by third parties as long as the source is clearly attributed to Zap-Map, a logo is added to any graphs and if online, a link is added back to https://www.zap-map.com.