Public charger rollout to soar in 2022

Thousands of chargers to be installed

Three times as many public chargers will be rolled out in 2022 compared to 2021, accelerating the advancement of charging infrastructure.

2021 figures from Zap-Map show that in December 2021 there were 28,404 public chargers in the UK, a jump of nearly 8,000 on 2020.

Between 2016 and 2020, there was a 220% increase in public chargers, with that number growing to 340% in 2021.

2022 is set to see a significant increase in public charging stations as numerous companies commit to installations ahead of the new year.

Examples include Gridserve, which has committed to building twenty electric superhubs in 2022 in areas lacking infrastructure.

Osprey has committed to adding 110 chargers to its rapid charger network in 2022, powered by Tritium chargers in a new partnership deal.

A larger, long-term commitment from Shell will see 50,000 chargers installed by 2025, with around 8,000 of those expected to be installed in 2022.

An even longer project from Connected Kerb will see them install 190,000 chargers by 2030, with around 5,000 chargers expected to be installed in 2022.

With around 28,000 public chargers in operation in the UK at the end of 2021, we expect the number to swell to 40,000 chargers by the end of 2022. This will more than make up for the rapid increase in EV adoption.

With EV sales through the roof, competition for charging spots is increasing. Some say the demand for EVs is outstripping public charger supply.

We don’t think this is the case. A bigger problem public charging networks face is keeping public chargers operational. There are long lead times for repairs in many cases, fuelled by skills shortages and part shortages.

Whatever the case, public charging networks will grow in 2022 faster than at any rate in history. EV adoption might be growing, but public charger rollouts are intensifying. There isn’t a problem making supply meet demand yet.

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