The number of public car chargers in the UK increased by 37 per cent in 2021, as growing demand for EVs sees greater investment in charging infrastructure. 

Data from the government’s Department for Transport (DfT), using information from EV charger mapping service Zap-Map, found that on January 1, 2022, there were 28,375 public electric car chargers available and operational across the UK – 7,600 more than on January 1, 2021. 

Out of the available chargers, 5,156 were rapid chargers capable of topping up electric vehicle batteries at a far quicker rate. This was also a 33 per cent increase on a year earlier, equating to an extra 1,276 chargers. 

Across the UK, it now means there are 42 devices per 100,000 people – a number that will need to increase dramatically as more make the switch to electric cars. The data also highlights a big disparity between chargers per person across different areas of the UK.

In London, for example, there are 102 chargers per 100,000 people, while in Northern Ireland, there are as few as 18 devices for the same calculation. The North West and Yorkshire and Humber don’t fare much better, either, with 24 and 26 chargers respectively for every 100,000 people. 

In 2021, electric cars accounted for 11.6 per cent of all new cars registered, with 190,727 new EVs being registered in the year. That figure is also set to increase in 2022, too, as a range of new electric cars come to market, and buyers are increasingly tempted into the cleaner vehicles.