At present, there are almost a thousand more charging stations for electric cars than there are gasoline stations in UK. Now the UK Department for Transport announced last August 12 that they will be adding 2.5 million pounds sterling to the current fund for erecting over one thousand more charging stations for electric cars. These charging stations will be installed on residential roads with the goal of helping people who do not have access to charging points, as UK strives to commit to reach zero emission of greenhouse gases by the year 2050.
Nissan has released data from 2012 to 2019 that shows the slight decrease in fuel stations in the UK has been matched by a noticeable increase in the number of charging stations from less than a thousand in 2012 to more than 9,000 in August of 2019. This is far past their prediction from 2016. From collected data, among the charging points, more than 1,600 offer rapid charging allowing customers to recharge their battery to about 80 percent in less than one hour.
In parallel, Shell has installed the 'first ultra-rapid charger' in London last July. The charging station has a 150-kW charger, which is now available for public use of electric vehicles. They have committed to the installation of chargers at 34 stations across the UK.
In Scotland, the Scottish transport agency says that there are more than 1,000 charging stations accessible by the public. A charging station is on average, 2.78 miles away from the next charging station. This is about a mile closer compared to the average in England. Credit is given to ChargePlace Scotland, who also plans to continue the installations by building 800 more public charging stations. Scotland aims to phase out the use of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032. "The uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles is central to our Energy Strategy," says Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson, "our Climate Change Plan and our goal of making Scotland's air quality the best in Europe."
This is definitely great news to proponents of electric vehicles, seeing that lack in charging points along the road is seen as a reasonable excuse not to use the believed energy-efficient technology.