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Midlands stands out as a fast charging hotspot

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A new study shows the Midlands stands out as a hotspot for charging electric vehicles as quickly as possible.

The five cities with the most rapid and ultra-rapid chargers are Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Birmingham and Coventry.

Analysis shows there are 122 rapid and ultra-rapid chargers in Nottingham. Milton Keynes came second in the league table, compiled by Admiral and Zap-Map, with 106 chargers.

The number of rapid and ultra-rapid chargers has increased by more than 490% since the end of 2016. By the end of April 2022, the UK had more than 5,750 rapid and ultra-rapid public chargers.

Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder and COO at Zap-Map, said: “As the number of pure-electric cars on the road approaches half a million, a robust charging network is critical. Over the past few years there has been huge investment in high-powered chargers and it's great to see many cities across the UK having a strong provision.

“There are of course a range of different needs when it comes to charging an EV, but continued investment in high-powered chargers for longer journeys is crucial as the number of EVs on the road continues to grow at pace. Nottingham may well be leading the charge in this area right now, but it will certainly be interesting to see which city takes the top spot in two years’ time.”

The Midlands stands out as a hotspot for charging EVs as quickly as possible. The five cities with the most rapid and ultra-rapid chargers are Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Birmingham and Coventry. (see below for full table)

Clare Egan, head of motor product at Admiral, said: “The 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars is fast approaching. As Admiral’s own insurance data shows, electric cars are only growing in popularity so public attention should increasingly turn to the UK’s EV charging network.

“While most EVs will charge overnight at home, many people driving longer distances will need to charge up as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Zap-Map to find the speediest cities to charge your car.

“Those of us making cross-country trips this summer now know that the Midlands is a great place to recharge the battery and grab a quick coffee before getting back on the road for a well-deserved break.”

Rapid and ultra-rapid charger league table:

 

Device Count

Town

Rapid

Ultra-Rapid

Grand Total

Nottingham

92

30

122

Milton Keynes

100

6

106

Leeds

60

17

77

Birmingham

34

39

73

Coventry

71

 

71

Bristol

45

23

68

Manchester

36

26

62

Sheffield

48

9

57

Glasgow

46

6

52

Wolverhampton

26

23

49

Norwich

20

28

48

Dundee

36

8

44

Bradford

39

 

39

Exeter

10

27

37

Slough

7

29

36

Derby

20

14

34

Cardiff

24

10

34

Banbury

5

29

34

Preston

31

2

33

Newcastle upon Tyne

31

2

33

 

 

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