Last year was the busiest on record for electric vehicle (EV) charger installation, with 8,700 public chargers fitted in the UK.
This is a 30 per cent increase in the number of EV chargers installed in the preceding 12 months. If this rate of installation continues, the government will be able to achieve its target of 300,000 public chargers by 2030.
So far, there are only 37,000, which means there will need to be a considerable number of installations per year to hit its goal.
The rush to fit as many EV chargers as possible in public spaces is due to the government’s pledge to ban the sale of pure petrol or diesel cars by the end of the decade. This will mean there will be considerably more EVs on the road, causing demand for charging stations to soar.
Drivers already seem to be preparing for this, as there were a record number of EVs sold last year.
According to SMMT, 234,066 battery electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid electric vehicles were manufactured, with production increasing by 4.5 per cent compared with 2021.
The findings showed almost a third of all new cars made in 2022 were either fully electric or hybrid, and exports of these vehicles amounted to more than £10 billion. EVs accounted for nearly half (44.7 per cent) of all car exports in 2022, which is a huge increase from 4.1 per cent in 2017.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said these statistics will shape car manufacturing going forward, and there will be a big shift towards producing EVs.
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