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There are 46% more charging locations than petrol stations

One of the biggest concerns expressed by motorists considering a switch to an electric car or van is that they will suddenly become stranded and unable to re-charge their vehicle.

Typically, this is a concern rooted in the perceived real-world range of the vehicle and the number of charging locations across the country. But is this worry based on perception or reality?

In terms of vehicles, a plethora of new models exceeding the 200-mile mark means that range is rapidly becoming a non-issue. This is obviously good news, but that still leaves the understandable concern over the number of charging locations. Will a long distance journey result in a hunt for an elusive charge-point at the other end?

You may be surprised to know that, according to recently published statistics by Zap-Map (an official source of UK government statistics on electric charging devices), there are nearly 34,000 charging connectors at over 12,000 locations across the country. To put this into perspective, the number of petrol stations in the UK hovers around the 8,300 mark. That means that there are 46% more electric vehicle charging locations than there are traditional fuel stations. In other words, whilst some areas of the UK may have pockets where there are less charge-points, as a basic principle, if you have been holding off from making the switch due to concerns over the country's charging infrastructure then it's time to think again.

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2nd of September 2020

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