The number of on-street electric vehicle charging points is growing but experts are warning that momentum is needed to avoid falling behind.
The UK saw an impressive 69 per cent increase in the number of on-street chargers over the last 12 months, bringing the total to 18,942.
In the last three months alone, an additional 4,094 new street chargers were installed, helping EV owners without driveways.
The new Government figures show growth of more than two-thirds between October 2022 and 2023, and jumped by more than a quarter in the last three months.
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Vauxhall is working with charge point operators including Char.gy, Connecter Kerb and Surecharge through the Electric Streets of Britain initiative.
This partnership is targeting councils around the UK to help them identify where demand for residential charging is the greatest.
While there is room for optimism, experts are adamant that progress must continue to ensure drivers have the confidence in electric cars to continue the uptake.
James Taylor, managing director of Vauxhall, said: “It’s a good signal, but we’re still at the beginning of the journey.
“We need to up the pace if we’re to make sure the 40 per cent of households without driveways are not left behind in the transition to electric vehicles and do more outside of London.
“4,094 new installations is a start, but next year it is forecast there will be hundreds of thousands more new EV cars being registered to comply with the Vehicles Emissions Trading Scheme - we are making progress, but more is needed to match demand.”
More than seven in 10 councils do not have an on-street electric vehicle charging strategy despite targets to meet net zero goals and decarbonise transport.
Despite the lack of charging ambition from a number of local authorities, Vauxhall highlights the growing number of EV chargers as evidence that change is happening.