UK EV charging infrastructure sees significant growth in Q1 2024

  • Q1 2024 witnessed significant growth in UK EV charging infrastructure.
  • A total of 59,670 public EV charging devices installed by April 1, 2024.
  • Regional disparities highlight the need for targeted interventions to ensure equitable access.

Government report shows that UK EV charging infrastructure is on a rapid rise

The first quarter of 2024 saw a significant surge in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the United Kingdom. These official statistics come through the UK government’s Department for Transport, with data provided by Zapmap.

These figures, classified as ‘official statistics in development’, offer insights into the evolving EV charging landscape. The UK experienced an 11% rise in installed charging devices compared to the start of the year. 

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Breaking down the figures, as of April 1, 2024, the UK boasts 59,670 public EV charging devices. These devices span various speed categories and locations. Notably, 19% deliver 50kW of power or above, while 59% fall within the 3kW to 8kW range. Analysing growth over time, statistics show a substantial increase compared to the same period last year, marking a 49% rise since April 2023.

Location-wise, nearly half of the charging devices (46%) are ‘destination’ chargers for extended stops. Meanwhile, ‘on-street’ chargers make up 37% of the total, catering to urban drivers’ needs. Understanding these locations is crucial for seamless access to charging infrastructure. This public and destination charging improvement is almost entirely thanks to major partnerships. Initiatives such as Vauxhall’s Electric Streets of Britain are massively expanding access nationwide.

However, regional disparities highlight the need for targeted interventions. While some areas show robust deployment, others are falling behind. Addressing these imbalances is vital for equitable access to charging facilities.

Regional breakdowns reveal variations in charging provision per 100,000 population. London and Scotland lead in charging infrastructure density, while Northern Ireland lags. Insights into rural-urban distribution emphasise the need for expansion in rural areas. 

Urban centres are a natural starting point for transport infrastructure, however, we must expand our operations to ensure equitable charging. Increasing motorway hubs and destination partnerships will aid this endeavour. 

John Lewis, CEO of leading charge point operator,, commented:

“We’re delighted by the progress outlined in the recent DfT report, which reveals a robust 49% year-on-year growth, resulting in nearly 60,000 charge points now installed. Particularly encouraging is the expansion of the on-street network, which has now reached 22,000 charge points, accounting for over a third of all charging solutions. Given that 99% of UK journeys average less than 100 miles, the availability of charging solutions near people’s homes is crucial. It’s exciting to see the network’s growth beginning to reflect the convenience necessary to drive the transition to electric vehicles.

While the report also highlights regions that still require substantial development, the introduction of the LEVI Fund positions the UK well. We are poised to fuel the next crucial stage of growth, further enhancing public on-street charging and addressing rural and traditionally underserved regions. At, we are dedicated to supporting this rollout and enabling the switch to electric for all, particularly the 40% of households without driveways. We eagerly anticipate collaborating with our partners in local government to make this next stage a reality.”

Challenges remain, including addressing evolving EV user needs and optimising infrastructure. Continued collaboration, policy support, and investments are essential for a sustainable transportation ecosystem.

As the EV charging landscape evolves, ongoing monitoring is crucial for evidence-based policy decisions. Integration of EVs into the mainstream network requires strategic planning and stakeholder collaboration.

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