South East nearly doubles EV charge points

The number of electric vehicle charging points added to the network in London, the East and South East, has increased by nearly 2,700 in the past 12 months, UK Power Networks has revealed today.

In the UK 40 per cent of the charge points are connected to UK Power Networks’ local grids, and there are now over 9,000 charge points in London, the East and South East, served by UK Power Networks alone and the company estimates there will be 4.5 million EVs in the areas it serves by 2030, when sales of new petrol and diesel cars are banned as the UK strives to meet net-zero by 2050.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders adds that approximately one in six vehicles (17 per cent) sold in June were electric – the highest market share since December (23.4 per cent). There are now about 594,000 EVs in the UK, with an estimated 154,000 in the areas served by UK Power Networks. These numbers don’t include standard home EV chargers which can be installed by an electrician and run off the home mains supply.

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