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UK Installs Record 6,000 Electric Vehicle Chargers in First Quarter of 2024

UK Installs Record Electric Vehicle Chargers
The Silicon Review
06 May, 2024

The UK's commitment to electrification is reflected in its growing EV market

The United Kingdom has reached a new milestone in its journey towards sustainable transportation, with approximately 6,000 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers installed in the first three months of 2024. According to figures released by the Department of Transport and reported by the Guardian, this surge in installations marks a record high for the country. As of April 1st, the UK boasts around 60,000 operational public EV chargers, nearly doubling the number from 2022 and indicating a significant 49% increase compared to 2023. This expansion of public charging infrastructure has been instrumental in making EV charging more accessible, particularly in areas previously underserved.

Ben Nelmes, CEO of the automotive think tank New AutoMotive, attributes this progress to the concerted efforts of local governments, which are leveraging grants from the federal government to install EV chargers. These grants, introduced in early February, cover up to 75% of the expenses for state-funded academies, nurseries, and schools. Moreover, local government entities are set to receive over £14.2 million in financing specifically designated for EV charging stations. Additionally, state-sponsored educational institutions are also encouraged to participate in the workplace charging scheme, wherein they can apply for funds from the Department of Transportation to enhance charging amenities for staff and visitors.

The UK's commitment to electrification is reflected in its growing EV market, with over a million electric vehicles sold nationwide. A recent poll conducted by the Electric Vehicle Association revealed that 94% of EV drivers in England seldom experience range anxiety, indicating increasing confidence in the viability of electric vehicles as a mainstream mode of transportation.