As a result of continued Government funding and investment from the private sector, the UK has seen a significant expansion in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in recent years.
The total number of chargepoint connectors currently stands at close to 24,000, at over 8,600 locations, a rise of more than 140% within the last five years. As a result, there are now more places to charge your EV when out and about than petrol stations. The UK also has more than 1,700 rapid chargers, making it one of Europe’s largest rapid charging networks. Coupled with investment from Highways England, which will mean that by 2020 drivers on motorways and major A roads will never be more than 20 miles from a rapid charger. In addition, with the latest pure electric vehicles having a range of more than 200 miles, range anxiety is fast becoming a thing of the past.
Despite this, drivers massively underestimate the extensiveness of the UK’s charge point infrastructure. Research conducted by Go Ultra Low found that, on average, drivers believed that the charging network was only a third of its actual size, indicating that there continues to be a lack of awareness about the size of the charging network.
To showcase the extensiveness of the charging network, Go Ultra Low, the government and industry campaign to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, has commissioned a series of photographs of chargepoints across the UK in picturesque locations.
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “From a charging perspective, there has never been a better time to be an EV owner in the UK. Government and private investment in the network in recent years has seen an impressive rise in chargepoint numbers, with a mix of types and providers across the length and breadth of the UK. Many motorists think chargepoints are just found in urban areas like carparks in towns and cities, however, this simply isn’t the case, so we thought the best way to demonstrate this is to show people. These images showcase the significant expansion in charging infrastructure highlighting the hidden gems that exist in the UK’s charging network.”