High-speed charger rollout is gaining momentum, claims Zap-Map


Charging station for electric vehicles.

Zap-Map, the UK’s leading EV charging app, has released new half-year figures for charge point installations in 2022.

While the significant growth in the number of ultra-fast chargers has stolen the show, there are also other pullback figures — from the accelerated delivery of street chargers to growth in the Northeast — that are also worth highlighting.

As of the end of June 2022, data from Zap-Map shows that the number of ultra-fast charging points, intended for drivers on long journeys and who want to charge as quickly as possible, has grown by almost 40% since the end of 2021.

This growth in ultra-fast charging points is largely due to networks such as MFG EV Power, InstaVolt and GRIDSERVE Electric Highway, which are rolling out high-speed charging hubs of at least six devices across the country.

It’s not just the high-speed chargers that are noteworthy, though. The total number of charging devices in the UK has grown by almost 15% since the end of December (from 28,458 to 32,663).

As for where chargers are located, of the 4,205 new devices installed this year, 1,662 are chargers “on the street.” In residential streets, devices on the street are usually slow or fast chargers and generally offer an alternative to charging at home. The number of these chargers has so far increased by just under 19% in 2022, from 8,842 at the end of 2021 to 10,504 at the end of June.

While a combination of networks, including char.gy and Connected Kerb, have fueled the growth of street chargers, ubitricity — which mainly fits slow devices into lampposts — has installed 981 chargers so far this year, the most of any network.

In addition, of the 4,205 new devices installed in the first six months of 2022, nearly half – 49% – were installed by just five networks. After ubitricity, Pod Point has 649 devices installed at different speeds. In third place, fast charging network InstaVolt has installed 166 chargers, while Zap-Pay partner char.gy and destination charger VendElectric have installed 145 and 126 respectively.

While EV charging networks have taken up chargers in the UK, the area that has seen the highest growth so far this year is the Northeast. The number of charging devices in the Northeast grew by 21% in the first six months of 2022, from 897 at the end of 2021 to 1,085 in June.

Despite this, Greater London has seen the highest number of installed devices this year, from 9,160 devices at the end of 2021 to 10,865 at the end of June – an increase of more than 18%. The East of England has also experienced significant growth, with 1,775 devices in the ground at the end of 2021 and 2,097 at the end of June – an 18% increase.

Says Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder and COO at Zap-Map:

“We know there are different use scenarios for electric vehicle chargers, more so than for a petrol or diesel vehicle, so it’s really encouraging to see UK charging infrastructure showing growth in a number of different areas.

“The 40% increase in the number of ultra-fast chargers is clearly the most significant figure yet in 2022. These types of chargers make longer journeys much easier, so the big increase should really mean an end to ‘range anxiety’. ”

19 Jul 2022Chris Price

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