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An Electric Vehicle Future – Which Cities Are Best Prepared?

An Electric Vehicle Future – Which Cities are Best Prepared?
04 April 2022

As the ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars nears, non-EV drivers may be considering changing sooner rather than later, but do the UK's towns and cities have the appropriate infrastructure in place?

In 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) raised concerns about charge point deployment in the UK, stating that access to suitable charging can be a “postcode lottery” and that some areas are at risk of being left behind.

The government has committed to helping the transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by funding EV infrastructure – but what is the state of play as it stands?


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Top Ten Places in the UK Most Ready for an EV Future



Ranking Location Number of Cars Per Charger
1 London 4.1
2 Sunderland 4.7
3 Kirkwall 7.2
4 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 8.4
5 Durham 10.7
6 Dumfries 11.6
7 Teeside 11.7
8 Brighton 11.8
9 Manchester 12.2
10 Nottingham 13.6


Perhaps unsurprisingly, London comes out as the best prepared with only 4.1 cars per charger, meaning you won’t face much competition should you find yourself on low battery.

Representing the north is Sunderland which follows closely behind in spot number two with just 4.7 cars per charger and Scotland’s Kirkwall makes an appearance in third with 7.2 cars per charger.


North East Leading the Way for EV Infrastructure


It would appear the North East is leading the way for an EV future with four cities making the top 10 including both Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Durham taking the fourth and fifth positions with 8.4 and 10.7 cars per charger respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 is Dumfries (11.6), Brighton (11.8), Manchester (12.2). Lastly, Nottingham is in the tenth spot with 13.6 cars per charger.




Where in the UK is the Worst Prepared for an Electric Vehicle Future?


On the other end of the scale are the likes of Stockport where you might be waiting a while for an available charger given that there are 448.3 EV and hybrid cars on the road per charger.

Meanwhile, Swindon’s EV charging infrastructure means that 291.8 EV and hybrid cars will have to compete in order to find a charger, and Slough is not much better with 244.7.

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Picture: a photograph showing various branded EV chargers. Image Credit: Pixabay

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 04 April 2022


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