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Electric Vehicle Charging: Three Of The UK’s Most Common Questions

Posted 8 September 2022 by Keith Osborne

Northern Powergrid helps answer some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding electric vehicle charging in the UK...

Electric vehicles are fast becoming commonplace on any road in the UK. If you’re thinking about making the switch to EV, you probably have a million and one questions. Whether you’re wondering about the price of the accessibility of charging stations, you’ve come to the right place.

Here, with the help of Northern Powergrid, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding electric vehicle charging in the UK.

1. How many EV charging stations are in the UK?

First and foremost, there seems to be a growing interest in the number of EV charging stations around the UK. So much so, in 2022, there has been an 84% rise in the number of people wanting to find this out. So how many EV charging stations are there?

Research shows that there was an average of 420,000 electric vehicles on UK roads as of February 2022. To meet the rising demand for electric vehicles, the UK government has pledged to increase the number of public charging stations by more than tenfold. This means that there will be 300,000 charging points across the nation.

If you’re looking for your nearest EV charging station, you’ll be happy to know that there are currently 31,507 points ready for public use throughout the UK. The number of charging points has increased by 35% from April 2021 to April 2022, and it’s expected to continue to rise in the years to come.

EV charging stations, from public to personal installations, are found in regions across the UK. Greater London is home to the most (33%) charging points across the UK. This is followed by the South East (12.6%). The North East (6.4%), North West (6.2%), East (6.2%), and East Midlands (5.5%) show similarities. Over the border, however, Scotland has 9.4%, and Northern Ireland has 7.1%.

2. Can I install my own EV charging station?

As public interest in EV charging stations grows, more and more people are considering the benefits of home points. In fact, there has been a 133% surge in the number of searches for installing your own personal station. As long as you hire a professional to install your EV charging point, you’re able to install one in the comfort of your own home.

EV charger installation has become much more accessible in recent years. This has enabled people to install EV chargers in their own homes, enjoying the benefits of quick and easy charging at all times of the day or night.

It will be a legal requirement for all new homes to have an EV charging port as of 2022. This will encourage people to use electric vehicles ahead of the ban on diesel vehicles in 2030. The rule only applies to new builds, but you might be tempted to install your own anyway.

Not only will this be convenient for the general public but encouraging the use of electric vehicles may have lasting effects on the environment. On average, one electric car can save 1.5million grams of C0₂ every year. So, they are an important part of creating a brighter, greener future.

3. How much does EV charging cost?

There’s no doubt that electric cars are an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel vehicles, but how much do they cost to charge? In the past year alone, there has been a 67% rise in people asking how much EV charging costs, as well as a 150% in people asking if EV charging is free. The answer is a little complex, but here are the basics.

There are many free public charging stations around the UK

In 2021, there were 5,350 free charging stations around the UK. You’re able to find these in a number of places, such as supermarkets. Tesco, for example, has 600 free charging points across 300 locations, so it’s always worth checking.

The availability of free charging stations depends on your location. To name a select few, there are free charging stations provided by local councils in Leeds, Bridgend, and Woking. In the absence of these, you will be required to pay a fee.

This is where it becomes complicated. The price varies significantly depending on where you’re charging your vehicle. If you’re in the South of England, you might be paying an extra 10% compared to those in the North. On average, however, expect to pay anything between £0.20 to £0.63 per kWh in England.

The fee at private charging stations will depend on a few variables

The cost of charging your electric vehicle at home is dependent on a few variables, such as the size and weight of your chosen vehicle. On average, you should expect to pay anywhere between £710 and £1,150 for every 9,000 miles.

If you’re eager to go electric, you can even apply for an EV charging infrastructure governmental scheme. The scheme can reduce the cost of installation by 75%. It may not apply to any of your chosen suppliers, so it’s always best to check.

More often than not, charging your electric vehicle will be cheaper than paying for diesel or petrol. If you use any Rapid or Ultra Rapid electric chargers, however, you might find yourself paying more than standard fuel prices. To avoid these inflated prices, use standard charging stations instead.

These are the most commonly asked questions about electric vehicle charging. Overall, there's no doubt that there are lots of charging stations around the nation. But if you’re not able to access one now, the rapid growth of the sector means that there will be one near you soon.


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