Charge point installations rise by a third

Zapmap has published new statistics on public charge point installations in the first three months of 2024, showing the overall rate of construction has increased by 35%.

The year-on-year figures also show more than 55 new high-power charging hubs now available across the country. Of the electric vehicle chargers being installed, a quarter are high-powered devices.

As of the end of March, there are now 59,590 charging devices installed, according to the data. This figure represents a 10.5% increase in the total number of public chargers since the end of 2023, and a 47% increase since the end of March 2023.

More than 5,500 of this total number of charge points (5,725) were installed in the first quarter of 2024, at a rate of over 1,900 per month. This sees the rate of installation increase by 35% on the 2023 average of 1,400 per month.

Between them, InstaVolt, Tesla, bp pulse, Osprey and GRIDSERVE installed 839 chargers in the first three months of the year. Of these, Osprey led the charge in the first quarter after installing more than 350 charge points.

Zapmap’s figures also reveal that charge point provision to support drivers unable to charge at home continued to grow in the first quarter of the year. Almost 1,500 new on- street chargers (1,423) were installed since the end of December, bringing the total number to 21,475. At present, the majority of these (16,405) are located in Greater London.

Melanie Shufflebotham, Co-founder & COO at Zapmap, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the strong pace of charger installations seen last year has already been exceeded in the first quarter of 2024. In particular, high-powered chargers and hubs are showing great momentum, with new hubs and chargers popping up everywhere from supermarkets to motorway services and retail outlets.

“Our aim at Zapmap is both to help drivers to find suitable, reliable chargers when they are out and about and also to give petrol and diesel drivers the confidence to make the switch.”

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