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Electric Car Charging Stations Now Twice The Number Of Petrol Stations In UK 




Electric car charging stations now twice the number of Petrol stations In UK.

As of 1 April 2020, UK has almost 18,000 electric car charging points and just over 8,000 petrol stations.


The United Kingdom now has twice the number of electric car charging station as petrol stations; according to new data released on June 11 by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The figure showed that as of 1 April 2020, the country has almost 18,000 electric car charging points.

In comparison, UK currently boasts just over 8,000 petrol stations; according to figures from the UK Petroleum Industry Association.

The news comes less than a year after it was first reported that the number of charging points had overtaken petrol stations for the first time.

It shows the speed at which EV infrastructures has been introduced in the European country.


The government figures show a 402-percent increase in the number of charging points since 2015. There was also a 61 percent increase between 2018 and 2019.

More than 1,400 new charging points have been installed in UK in the first three months of 2020 alone.


Of the 17,947 publicly accessible electric car charging stations available, just over 3,100 were “fast” chargers.

As the name implies, these “fast” chargers have the ability to top up cars battery-packs more quickly.

On these chargers, modern electric cars, including the new Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Audi e-tron, can achieve an 80 percent charge in less than an hour.

Back in 2017, Shell opened a first wave of electric vehicle charging points at its UK petrol stations.

Then, Shell acknowledged it was taking baby steps after adding charging stations to just 10 of its 1,000 fuelling stations in the UK.

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