The number of public EV chargers in the UK has increased by 11% for the year to date and nearly five times since 2015 to 18,265 according to UK government stats.
Of the total, some 3,206 were rapid charging devices, increasing by 363% since 2015.
In the second quarter of 2020, 318 more devices were available in total, up 2% on the previous quarter. Some 99 of these were rapid devices.
The government data also highlights an uneven geographical distribution of charging devices within the UK. Some UK local authorities have bid for UK Government funding for charging devices, and others have not. Most of the provision of this infrastructure has been market-led, with individual charging networks and other businesses (such as hotels) choosing where to install devices.
London has the highest level of charging device provision per 100,000 of population (57) and is slightly above average in terms of rapid charging device provision. Scotland is above average in total devices per 100,000 (Scotland is at 35; Northern Ireland is the lowest at 16) )and has the highest level of rapid device provision (8.9 peer 100,000 versus 4.9/100, 000 in London).
Despite Scotland having an above average number of charging devices per 100,000 of the population, the number of devices available decreased by 130 to 1,910 over the second quarter. This is an impact of coronavirus and the lockdown period where charging devices have been switched-of due to the sites being inaccessible.
In every other region, the number of charging devices has increased across the quarter to July, despite the coronavirus lockdown period. London saw the largest increase with 82 more devices made available during the second quarter of 2020.