In a report compiled by Nissan using data from the Energy Institute and Zap-Map, the automaker claims there are now 9199 charging sites located throughout the United Kingdom. At the end of 2018, there were just 8396 petrol stations.
This isn't an entirely fair comparison, though, as many charging locations only feature one charger, while most petrol stations feature at least four pumps. While it filling up a tank only takes a few minutes, giving an EV a significant range boost can take anywhere between 30 minutes to a few hours.
That said, fast chargers are becoming more common, with over 1600 public fast chargers now available throughout the UK. Charging locations have proliferated quickly throughout the isles. Just 919 were present at the end of 2012, and 2530 have been added in the first seven months of this year.
Transport for London has added 1000 EV charging points within the last year, and within Central London there are just four petrol stations left. Across the country petrol stations have been on a steady decline since their zenith in the 1970s when there were 37,539 throughout the UK.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, year-to-date 14,246 pure-electric vehicles have been sold in the UK, and account for just 1.0 per cent of the total market. With the help of government incentives, sales of EVs are up 70.6 per cent.
Some of these extra sales may have come at the expense of plug-in hybrids, sales of which dropped by 32.4 per cent to 16,687 as incentives for PHEVs were eliminated completely. Sales of regular hybrid cars are up 19.2 per cent to 56,975 or 4.0 per cent of the overall market. Diesel car sales are down 19.7 per cent to 385,528 or just 27.0 per cent of all new car sales.