London hits 10,000 electric vehicle chargers

New data shows London continues to lead the way when it comes to charging electric vehicles – with more than 10,000 charging points now publicly available.

The Government data shows the Capital now has 111 electric charging points per 100,000 population.

This is more than double the UK average of 45 – and far exceeds the second highest location, Scotland, where there are 54

In terms of numbers, as of 1 April, there were 10,020 charge points publicly available in London – approximately a third of the entire total for the UK (30,290).

The number has risen by 40% over the last year.

Of the 10,020 available in the Capital, 736 are defined as rapid – those whose fastest connector is rated at 43kW and above.

The Government has pledged to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 – and it is widely accepted that one of the key factors to encouraging more drivers to go electric is developing charging infrastructure.

The London boroughs are working to increase the number of charging points available to drivers.

Last month, it was announced more than 150 new electric vehicle chargers are to be installed in Brent, following an agreement with Uber.

Uber and Brent Council have worked in close collaboration to determine where the 160 on-street charging points should be installed. 

Cllr Krupa Sheth, cabinet member for environment at Brent Council, said: “These charging points will provide greater accessibility for residents who do not have off-street parking, thus helping us promote the use of zero emission vehicles.”

28 April 2022