Revealed: The UK councils that are using funds to bolster their electric-car charging infrastructures – and those that aren’t investing in public plug-in points
- Freedom of Information request to city, town and London borough councils reveal those which have installed the most – and fewest – public chargers
- Affluent areas of the capital have the best infrastructures in place currently
- Other major locations in the UK have no authority-funded plug-in points at all
New figures have revealed which councils are expanding their electric-vehicle charging infrastructures – and which are failing to invest to provide more public plug-in points.
A review of London boroughs and 40 major towns and cities across the UK found that Westminster has 375 public chargers that have been installed by the local authority – more than any other area.
On the other hand, councils for Kingston Upon Hull, Mansfield, Northampton and Swansea have fitted none using their own funds – nor has the borough of Bexley.
Best and worst charging infrastructures revealed: Westminster has the most council-installed electric vehicle chargers than anywhere else in the UK, according to a new study
The figures were revealed as part of a UK-wide freedom of information request by car selling comparison site, Motorway.co.uk.
It asked London boroughs and major town and city councils how many public chargers it had installed by the end of August this year.
The data only covers authority-funded plug-in points and not those located on private land.
And it’s one of the wealthiest areas in the country that has the highest concentration of EV charging points, with Westminster boasting 375 in all – which works out at 1.47 per 1000 population.
The council say it plans to install another 93 chargers by the end of the year.
Three other affluent boroughs – Richmond upon Thames, Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth – each have more than 200 public electric vehicle plug-in points.
But not all of the capital is so well-served for chargers.
For instance, Bexley hasn’t installed any public charging points to date – though the council claimed it plans to have 13 operational by the end of the year.
|London Borough||Population||Number of EV charging points – current||EV charging points per 1000 population|
|Westminster (City of)||255,324||375||1.47|
|Richmond upon Thames||196,904||265||1.35|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||185,426||216||1.16|
Source: Motorway.co.uk FOI request to councils accurate to the end of August 2019
N.B. Boroughs of Brent and Hillingdon did not provide figures
Unsurprisingly, London has the most public chargers. However, the borough of Bexley currently has none that were put in place using council funding
Outside London, Milton Keynes, with a population of 230,000, has the highest concentration of council-funded EV charging points, with 0.83 per 1000 population, and 192 points across the town.
Nottingham with 215 charging points has more than any other major UK town or city.
Kingston Upon Hull, Mansfield, Northampton and Swansea – all of which have populations greater than 150,000 inhabitants – currently have no public electric vehicle charging points that have been put in place by the authority.
Fortunately, the volume of council-installed chargers across the country should expand in the next five years.
The government recently announced a £400 million investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with half funded by private sector partners.
It hopes to have 5,000 rapid charging points operational by 2024, with 3,000 of these being new installations.
Data was split for London and other major towns and cities. Coventry (pictured) has the fourth highest volume of council-installed public chargers per 1,000 inhabitants, the data shows
Alex Buttle, director of the comparison site, said the UK government has a ‘mammoth task’ on its hands to create a public charging infrastructure that can cope with the growth in electric car ownership over the next 20 years as the 2040 deadline for the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel models looms.
‘Although we only looked at public, not private charging points (and home charging will make up a significant number of points), there will still be a huge reliance on public charging infrastructure. And it’s severely lacking at present,’ he warned.
‘The government is trying to encourage people to switch to electric cars, but many vehicle owners are reluctant to do so until they are confident that the infrastructure is fit for purpose.
‘We carried out a survey of UK drivers recently and an inadequate charging infrastructure was the most common reason cited by respondents as to why they wouldn’t consider switching to an electric car over the next five years.’
He added: ‘Brexit is understandably at the top of the government’s agenda at the moment, but it’s in danger of taking its eyes off this huge infrastructure challenge, and a public that has no faith in the charging programme, is unlikely to buy into the idea of early switching.’
|City||EV charging points – Aug 2019||Population||EV points per 000s population|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||75||192,382||0.39|
|Kingston upon Hull||0||314,018||0|
|Source: Motorway.co.uk FOI request to councils accurate to the end of August 2019|
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