Coventry tops EV charging on mainland UK

Fresh research of government data has revealed that Coventry is top of the league table for the mainland UK on charging.

The study, undertaken by manufacturer Jeep, revealed there was currently on average one charging device for every 15 plug-in cars in the UK – but in Coventry it was one device per 2.3 registered owners.

The top of the league spot was the Outer Hebrides with the Na h-Eileanan Siar local authority having one charger for every 2.13 cars. Other areas leading the charge were Fermanagh and Omagh in Northern Ireland (2.5 cars per charger), Wandsworth in London (2.6) and the Isle of Anglesey (2.8).

Jeep surveyed 2,000 UK motorists and found the average motorist drives just 26 miles per day – while 60% of petrol and diesel car owners drive fewer than 20 miles per day.

It also discovered 79% of motorists thought more investment in public charging was needed and 76% said there should be a greater investment in on-street charging where motorists do not have off-street parking.

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found one in five petrol and diesel drivers support the introduction of road pricing to offset the loss in fuel duty revenue. This rises to 59% of plug-in drivers.

Damien Dally, Jeep country manager, said: “Our research shows the public is supportive of the move towards electric vehicles, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that those who have made the switch are more in favour of the transition.

“With 71%, diesel and hybrid drivers covering fewer than 30 miles per day on average, a plug-in hybrid would give them the benefit of zero emission driving while providing the comfort of a petrol engine to fall back on for longer journeys as well.”

Local Authority / Plug-in cars per charging point

Na h-Eileanan Siar – 2.13
Coventry – 2.33
Fermanagh and Omagh – 2.50
Wandsworth – 2.60
Isle of Anglesey – 2.80
Brighton and Hove – 2.83
Sunderland – 2.94
Eden – 2.95
Pembrokeshire – 2.95
Middlesbrough – 2.97
Gwynedd – 3.16
Stockton-on-Tees – 3.19
Shetland Islands – 3.29
Dumfries & Galloway – 3.37
Argyll & Bute – 3.38
Greenwich – 3.40
Highland – 3.57
Lambeth – 3.63
East Lothian – 3.73
Boston – 3.79
Plymouth – 3.89
Islington – 3.93
Liverpool – 3.96
Southwark – 4.00
Hyndburn – 4.04
Copeland – 4.32

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