World Cities Day: Is your city ready for electric vehicles?

Elisha Keep | 31/10/2021

This year for World Cities Day, we’ve been taking a look at which of the UK’s largest cities are ready for the EV revolution

At a Glance

Our data should reassure EV owners – and aspiring EV owners – that the electric vehicle revolution is well underway

And highlight the major cities that need to pick up the pace of their drive towards a clean energy future

This year, World Cities Day is focused on adapting cities across the globe for climate resilience. As more people choose electric vehicles (or EVs), our cities have an important role in encouraging this sustainable transport and providing the necessary infrastructure to support this transition -  and especially to enable those to switch to an electric car who can’t have a charger installed at their home.

Here at Egg HQ, we’ve been busy crunching numbers with the help of our friends over at Zap-Map. With Zap-Map’s data, we’ve been taking a look at which of the UK’s largest cities are ready for the EV revolution - and how the 10 largest cities in the UK stack up against each other.

For each city, we’ve compared the number of people with a full UK licence to the number of publicly available EV chargers. The results are in.

Top of the EV charging charts

London is leading the way in the UK with an impressive 7865 public charge points across the city - but as the biggest city in the UK, we’re not surprised to see the capital in the top spot on the numbers alone.

Leeds takes the second spot with 289 public charging points available - averaging 1611 full license holders per public charger.

 That might seem like a lot of people clamouring to use a charge point, but not all full driving license holders are driving EVs yet - so the number of drivers that need to use the charging points right now is lower. But that still doesn’t mean our cities can take their foot off the pedal when it comes to the availability of charging points; as the number of EV drivers ramps up, so does the need to prepare our cities for sustainable transport.

 

Room to improve

Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle are the least prepared cities to support the growing number of EV drivers. With an average of 5970 license holders per public charger in Manchester, 5460 in Newcastle and 5380 in Bristol, there’s still lots of work to be done to provide publicly available chargers. Drivers in these cities need to be given the confidence they need in the charging infrastructure to make the switch to electric vehicles.

What’s promising is that the number of charges is always going up, even if they’re popping up a little more quickly in some areas than others.

 

Public EV chargers are on the up

The UK charging point infrastructure is growing fast. Zap-Map stats show there are now over 26,000 chargers on the public network. 856 new devices were added to Zap-Map last month alone, providing a great mix of on-street residential chargers, destination chargers, and en-route rapid chargers – helping to support day-to-day urban driving, as well as longer electric journeys.

What’s the best bit about all this data? We've already seen it inform some big, positive shifts in council policy across the country.

One of the main barriers for drivers to switching to an EV is worrying about running out of charge on a long journey. That’s why it’s vital that all councils invest in publicly available charging points and prepare for the rise of EVs on our roads.

Lots of drivers are beginning to understand the benefits of driving an EV and are considering the switch. But, it’s a big decision to make, and anyone thinking about switching needs to be confident that they’ll be able to charge their car when they need to. Public chargers open up possibilities for those who can’t, or aren’t quite ready, to get an electric car charger installed at home. But if you’re thinking of having your own charger installed at home, it’s really never been easier (you can find out more about Egg’s home charger installation and our super convenient subscription service here).

The message from the data

Our data should reassure EV owners – and aspiring EV owners – that the electric vehicle revolution is well underway, as well as highlight the major cities that need to pick up the pace of their drive towards a clean energy future.

If you’re an EV driver - or you’re thinking about it - you’ll see that the electric vehicle revolution has begun across the UK. And whether you’re based in or near a city leading the way with providing public charging points, or whether your nearest city hasn’t yet met their pace, either way you’ll see the data tells us one key thing - the number of public charging points is on the rise. That’s good news for EV drivers, future EV drivers, and the future of sustainable transport.

The number of charging points refers to publicly available charging devices in each authority, taken from the Department for Transport’s Electric Vehicle Charging Device Statistics (October 2021) which is sourced from the electrical vehicle charging point platform Zap-Map. All data is accurate as of 29/10/2021.

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© 2022 Egg - All Rights Reserved; A Liberty Global plc company. Registered address: Griffin House, 161 Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, W6 8BS. Company number: 07477370; VAT number: GB109695779. In relation to consumer credit, Phoenix Renewables Ltd, trading as Egg and The Phoenix Works, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference 965996)