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Ultra-rapid EV chargers spreading rapidly, Zap-Map reports

Date: 19 July 2022   |   Author: Sean Keywood

The number of ultra-rapid EV chargers installed in the UK increased by 40% during the first half of 2020, according to charging app Zap-Map.

The company said this increase in the number of chargers with an output of at least 100kW was outpacing growth in the number of EV drivers, which went up by 29% during the same period.

However, the overall number of chargers has grown by just under 15%, from 28,458 to 32,663.

Of the 4,205 new chargers overall, 1,662 were on-street chargers in residential areas.

Zap-Map co-founder and COO Melanie Shufflebotham said: "We know there are a variety of use cases for electric vehicle chargers, more so than with a petrol or diesel vehicle, so it's really encouraging to see the UK's charging infrastructure showing growth in a number of different areas.

"The 40% increase in the number of ultra-rapid chargers is clearly the headline figure so far in 2022. These types of chargers make longer journeys far easier, so the big increase should really mean we see an end to 'range anxiety'.

"But let's not forget that slower chargers also have a critical role to play. They might not provide the excitement of adding hundreds of miles in minutes - but with more than half a million pure-electric cars now on UK roads, their part to play in the adoption of electric cars is just as important as their ultra-rapid counterparts.

"It's crucial that the rollout of high-speed charging hubs continues at pace, alongside the increasing provision of on-street chargers for those without driveways, ideally with local councils engaged along the way."