Britain now boasts nearly 60,000 public EV charging points, a rise of 47% on March last year, and a tripling in four years, operators ZapMap calculate.

Latest monthly figures from the Good Energy-linked charging service provider quote a total of 59,590 EV charging points in the UK, serving 32,322 charging locations.

Last month a total of 2,300 net new EV charging devices were added to Zapmap’s database.  That number is split between 1,658 slow or fast devices, 172 rapid and 470 ultra-rapid devices.

New power bandings for 2024 now classify ‘slow’ devices as between 3kW and 7kW, ‘fast’ as between 8kW and 49kW, ‘rapid’ as between 50kW and 149kW, and ‘ultra-rapid’ as 150kW and beyond.

The tweaked ratings reflect definitions referenced in the government’s new Public Charge Point Regulations.

ZapMap says its numbers are ‘clean’, and take into account the fact that every month some devices are decommissioned by operators, for reasons of repair, maintenance or future replacement.

The network with the most charging points, according to ZapMap, is Shell Recharge ubitricity, with its network of lamppost chargers.  ubitricity originated in Berlin within the past decade, before it was acquired by the fossil-fuel leviathan in January 2021.

Next up is Pod Point, a network of destination chargers found mainly in retail car parks, particularly supermarkets. Ranked third is Connected Kerb, which has an extensive network of on-street chargers.

The numbers represent a near tripling since 2020 of public power topping-up installations.

Delivery of electrical power is a different distribution to that of physical points, of course, ZapMap notes.  While rapid and ultra-rapid devices rated at 50kW and above make up only a fifth of the device population, they account for around 60% of deliverable power capacity.

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