EV Charging Stats 2020

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 – 28 November 2020

35546

Connectors

20408

Devices

12932

Locations

542

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 12932, the number of devices at those locations is 20408 and the total number of connectors within these devices is 35546. There have been 542 new devices added to the Zap-Map database over the last 30 days which equates to 908 new connectors.

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

Total connectors: 35546, Updated: 28 November 2020

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The chart shows the breakdown of charge point connectors by slow (3-5kW), fast (7-22kW), rapid (25-99kW) and ultra-rapid (100kW+) power rating for the past nine years and 2020 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 2017 and 2019 the total number of connectors almost doubled and with the introduction of the new 150-350kW chargers, the number of ultra rapid connectors also saw a big increase. 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: 20408, Updated: 28 November 2020
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The pie-chart above shows the number of chargers for the 15 largest charging networks in the UK, which account for more than 75% of all public charging points. 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 connectors: 35546, Updated: 28 November 2020
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The pie-chart above shows how many charging points there are across each of the UK regions. Greater London has the most charging points followed by the South-East and Scotland; the areas with the fewest number of charging points are Wales and Northern Ireland.


How many rapid charging points are there in the UK?

Rapid Chargers – 28 November 2020

8984

Connectors

3743

Devices

2522

Locations

117

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 (2522), the number of rapid devices at those locations (3743) and the total number of rapid connectors within these devices (8984). There have been 117 new rapid devices added to the Zap-Map database over the last 30 days, which equates to 264 new rapid connectors.

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

Total rapid connectors: 8984, Updated: 28 November 2020

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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 7000 rapid connectors across CHAdeMO, CCS, Tesla and Type 2 Rapid chargers by the end of 2019. From 2018 to 2019 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: 3743, Updated: 28 November 2020
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The above pie chart displays the 10 largest rapid charging networks in the UK which account for 85% of all rapid chargers. As can be seen, the Polar 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: Oct 2020
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The chart above shows the number of electric cars registered in the UK – as of the end of October 2020 there were more than 390,000 plug-in vehicles with approx. 173,500 BEVs and 217,000 PHEVs registered. Last year saw the biggest annual increase in number of registrations, with more than 72,000 electric vehicles registered showing a growth of 22% on 2018. This year, despite the coronavirus impact, the chart shows that 2020 will see an even greater growth rate.


Number of new plug-in registrations by month

Source: SMMT. Updated: Oct 2020
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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.

As the UK emerges from lockdown, electric vehicle registrations continue to rise in absolute numbers, with 17,110 new registrations in October 2020 (9,335 BEVs and 7,775 PHEVs), as has the upward shift in market share has continued with October recording a market share of 12.1%, a UK record excepting the unusual circumstances of April and May 2020. 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: Oct 2020
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As shown in the chart, the number of electric vehicles as a proportion of all new vehicles has shown a significant increase in 2020. In 2015 just 1.1% of vehicles registered had a plug compared to 3.2% in 2019; by the end of October 2020, this figure has accelerated to 9.1% as an average for the year (5.5% BEV and 3.6% 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).



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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