The great electric car divide: Most new charging points are installed in London and the south east and 46 areas have less than 10 per 100,000 people

  • London and the south-east have 8,304 of the UK’s 19,487 chargers in their areas
  • It is despite 18.1million residents - just 27.1% of the UK populace - living there
  • Hartlepool and Birmingham have less than 10 chargers per 100,000 people

New electric car charging points have focused on London and the south-east with 8,304 of the UK’s 19,487 total there – despite their population making up just a quarter of the UK.

The huge numbers come despite the two areas 18.1million residents being making up just 27.1 per cent of the UK’s 66.65million individuals.

A shocking 46 areas have less than 10 available per 100,000 people living there, including Hartlepool, Bury and Birmingham.

Details of the distribution of the chargers come after Boris Johnson pledged to end the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030.

He has promised to spend £1.3bn on the technology, despite criticism that the green motors are still too expensive for many drivers.

But there is a huge disparity around the UK in the points where people can charge up their vehicles.

The differences between areas in the UK showing where chargers are per 100,000 people

The differences between areas in the UK showing where chargers are per 100,000 people

Department for Transport figures show that while London and the south-east are relatively well-prepared, other parts of the country are lagging behind.

The West Midlands has just 849 points in the whole county, while Wales has 675, and Northern Ireland 318.

Matt Western, the Labour MP who chairs a parliamentary group on electric vehicles, told the Guardian the government needed to address regional disparities as well as ensuring open access to existing charge points.

There are currently 19,487 electric car charging points in the whole of the United Kingdom

There are currently 19,487 electric car charging points in the whole of the United KingdomHe said: ‘What we need is government incentives to put these charge points in place.

‘It needs to provide the incentive for consumers to follow.’

According to figures from the RAC this year has seen numbers double of people calling out assistance because their electric cars have run out of charge.

Thinktank New AutoMotive said the ability to charge electric cars in public would be essential for the new green drive.

Head of policy Ben Nelmes said: “The transition to electric cars has the potential to contribute to the government’s levelling-up agenda because electric cars are much cheaper to run.

'Access to a local and reliable public charging network is essential for the one-third of people who do not have access to off-street parking.

“Public funding for charge points should be spent where it is most needed and will provide most benefit to motorists, but cash-strapped local councils often struggle to get the data they need to bid for charge-point funding from the Department for Transport.”

Today figures from insurance firm Safe showed British commuting numbers increased faster than the UK demographic growth.

It analysed statistics published by the Department of Transport which showed while the UK population grew by 15,7% between 1993 and 2019, an overall distance traveled grew from 258,6 to 360,8 billion of vehicle miles.

The Energy Saving Trust has welcomed Mr Johnson's green plans, but warned scaling up was a factor.

Mike Thornton, Chief Executive, said: 'Energy Saving Trust welcomes the government’s Ten Point Plan, which is a robust first step in the right direction to support the UK achieving a net zero society by 2050.

“We applaud the government’s ambition to invest more in zero emissions public transport, cycling and walking, as viable travel alternatives. Ending the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, and plug-in hybrids by 2035, is another positive measure. We continue to support the efforts to enable a fair and equitable transition to electric vehicles, through more consumer and local authority advice, vehicle grants and interest-free loans, making clean air and zero carbon emissions a near future reality.

“We are also encouraged by the extension to the Green Homes Grant scheme, which will drive jobs, cut carbon emissions and support communities through improving the energy efficiency of our homes.

“A vital issue in meeting the net zero challenge for homes is to scale up supply chains for measures such as heat pumps. If this challenge is to be met, clear, firm targets and long-term investment from government are crucial to provide the certainty of demand, which then allows the supply chain to invest. The extension to the Green Homes Grant scheme is a step in this direction but more will be needed in the future.”

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