Geographical locations of charging points in UK network.
So you’ve managed to load everything- your suitcase, your laptop, even your hiking boots- into your Nissan Leaf. But then you find yourself frantically googling ‘where can I charge my electric car?’ and become slightly overwhelmed by the intricate web of public charging stations.
With new EV stations popping up every day, the landscape of the UK is constantly adapting to the electric vehicle revolution. Currently, there are over four thousand charging stations nationally and just under 12000 connectors. Networks differ widely in the coverage, costs, and the services they provide, often offering a range of Rapid, Fast, and Slow public charging stations. So, to help your busy lifestyle run a little smoother, we are giving you an overview of the nation’s EV network. We’ll guide you through region by region, to ensure you make the safe arrival home.
Unsurprisingly London has the highest proportion of EV chargers, making up 18.7% of the UK stations. Source London covers 16 boroughs of the capital, with stations from Shepard’s Bush to Camden to Whitechapel. It was started by Transport for London, in an attempt to make the city a greener space. For £4 per month, Source London subscribers can reserve their charge points, which are compatible with most cars, vans, and scooters, using an app. To -date, there are over 850 charge points, with plans to build 4500 more by 2018.
The South West makes up 9.7% of Britain’s public charging stations. Source West is funded by Bristol City Council and delivered by Charge Your Car, who provide a regional network of charging units. They cover the majority of region, including Bristol, Bath, and North East Somerset. When you purchase your RiFD card, you pay an annual cost of £20. If preferred, they also have an app available for download. There are fees for any Rapid charging.
For those of you living in the East of England, Source East have over 800 public charging devices, and grant members access to Ecotricity services too. Annual RIFD cards can be registered and purchased online. As the South East has over 1000 locations, some of them are also brought to you by the Energise Network; a public sector organisation aiming to make public charging station more cohesive. They are currently growing their network of rapid chargers by installing across Surrey, Kent, and Sussex.
For all you Midlanders, Plugged in Midlands would be your main source of power. They recently expanded as part of the POLAR network, so members are granted access to over 4000 charge points across the UK; they can now get you much further than Birmingham. You can register online for a free 6 month trial.
Although the North West makes up just under 9% of the nation’s Electric Vehicle chargers, it is a network that is rapidly expanding. Greater Manchester’s EV scheme (GMEV), supported by Transport for Greater Manchester, now has around 200 fast charging stations across Rochdale, Stockport, and even Wigan. Throughout the Liverpool City Region, Mersey travel’s Recharge scheme operates EV charging units for £20 each year. The LiFE network is provided by Franklin Energy. Franklin Energy harness solar and wind energy to power electric vehicles, in car parks, motorways, and cities across the North of England. By 2018, we hope to be in every major city in the UK. You can sign up for free and pay as you go, with charging costs fixed at 30p per kWh. You can register for an RFID card online or download the app to pre-book.
For more information on our LiFe network, please see here.
Those of you who live in or are visiting Northern Ireland, the e-Car network covers most of that region. They have around 334 Rapid and Fast chargers in locations such as Coleraine, Donegal, and County Down. You can register for a free RFID e-car card online.
If you are venturing much further north, you’ll be pleased to know that Scotland have a significant number of public charging stations and make up over 18% of the UK’s EV charging stations. ChargePlace Scotland is a scheme funded through grants from the local authorities and was developed by the Scottish government as part of their scheme to build a greener future. Recipients of the funding are known as ‘hosts’ and are responsible for the general maintenance of their publically available charge point. There are hundreds of hosts across the country, from Dumries to John o’ Groats and beyond.
You can use the EV trip planner to track your route and energy here. Wherever you’re going, we wish you a green and efficient journey!