Routes with most EV charging points in UK unveiled

The ten routes with the most chargers per mile for car journeys in the UK have been discovered with Crawley to Brighton topping the list.

The data, compiled by firm hiyacar, looked at where drivers can charge vehicles along 22 of the most popular routes in the UK – including the Causeway Coastal and North Coast – as part of the expected number of journeys this summer during the summer holidays.

Based on recent figures, there are now more than 150,000 zero-emission battery electric vehicles on the UK’s roads: an increase of almost 100,000 since 2019. Plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles have also seen a significant increase, with government figures placing the number registered at around 185,000. 

The B2306 route from Crawley to Brighton had 23 charging points on the 24 mile journey followed by the A591 from Kendal to Grasmere in the Lake District, which has 16 charging points on the 18 mile journey. In third place was the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland, which has 45 places to charge a car on the 137 mile journey which includes the famous Giants Causeway and historic Dunluce Castle. 

The ten journeys with the most points were:

  • Crawley to Brighton, South East (B2306), 23 charging points, 22 miles
  • Kendal to Grasmere, Lake District (A591): 6 charging points, 18 miles
  • Causeway Coastal, Northern Ireland: 45 charging points, 137 miles
  • The Devon Coast, South West (Topsham to Torcross): 10 charging points, 45 miles
  • Pendle Witch Trail, North West (Lancaster to Barrowford): 7 charging points, 35 miles
  • Military Road, Isle of Wight (St Catherines Lighthouse to Freshwater Bay): 2 charging points, 11 miles
  • The Dragon’s Spine, Wales (A470) (Cardiff to Colwyn Bay): 30 charging points, 180 miles
  • Cotswolds, South West (Chipping Campden to Stroud): 6 charging points, 40 miles
  • North Norfolk Coast, East Anglia (Kings Lynn to Mundesley): 8 charging points, 62 miles
  • Atlantic Highway, South West (Bridgwater to Truro): 20 charging points, 156 miles

Some journeys included didn’t have any charging points at all. The B3135 from Cheddar to Ashwick – which goes through Cheddar Gorge, England’s deepest natural canyon – had no EV charging points on this route.

Co-founder and CEO of hiyacar,Graeme Risby said: “With the travel restrictions currently in place, it is likely that a lot of people will be opting for holidays at home this year. Taking a road trip or including some of these scenic routes as part of a longer journey is a great option to take in the breathtaking landscapes that the UK has to offer.” 

“With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, we thought it was essential to make this a focus in our roundup of scenic routes.”

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