The UK has hit a significant landmark in its journey towards net zero emissions from road transport, announcing that there are now over 50,000 public electric vehicle chargers installed across the country.
According to the latest figures published by chargepoint mapping service Zapmap, there are over 52,600 devices available for public use – a 44% year-on-year increase. This major growth is a positive sign that the UK is on track to meet its ambitious target of rolling out 300,000 chargers nationwide by 2030.
Achieving this goal is critical to supporting the widespread EV adoption required under the upcoming zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate. From 2030, this regulation will require at least 80% of new car sales and 70% of new van sales to be zero emission.
With the 2035 deadline for ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans also approaching, the UK must rapidly expand its charging infrastructure to give drivers confidence in switching to electric.
The UK is currently a front runner on EV uptake in Europe, with electric cars accounting for 16% of the market – higher than the EU average of 13%.
However, the ZEV mandate will drive a further intensification of these efforts. By aligning with countries such as France, Germany and Canada on a 2035 phase out target, the UK is demonstrating its commitment to achieving net zero road transport in line with the world’s major economies.
Installing Thousands More Chargers Through Government Support
To prepare the required charging infrastructure ahead of the ZEV mandate, the government is focused on removing barriers and accelerating installations.
Plans are in place to review grid connection processes to identify more cost-effective, efficient options for operators. Development rights will also be expanded to simplify planning procedures.
Additionally, the government is providing funding support for more localised chargepoint rollouts. The £381 million Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund is currently assessing proposals to enable thousands of extra public devices in regions across the UK.
Recent legislation also now mandates fair, consumer-friendly practices at public chargepoints. Pricing must be clear and upfront, contactless payment is required, and live status data must be shared publicly to help drivers identify available, working stations.
By enhancing the reliability and accessibility of the charging experience, these rules will give drivers more confidence in switching to electric.