There are 68% more ultra-rapid EV charging points in the UK than this time last year, according to the latest data from ZapMap.

The figures also reveal that there were 68% more slow chargers installed last month. The number of charging devices in the country now exceeds 50,000. To put this into context, the 40,000 mark was only achieved in February 2023. The number of high power charging hubs have also doubled in the last year.

By the end of September, there were 196 locations in the UK with six or more ultra-rapid devices. An ultra-rapid charger can charge an EV battery to 80% capacity in 10-15 minutes. Ultra-rapid chargers are more likely to be located at service stations or retail car parks.

“This is great news for electric car drivers,” said Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder and chief operating officer at Zapmap.

“With almost 200 high-power charging hubs up and down the country, these latest figures should give electric car drivers the confidence to drive any length of journey in their EV. Having an additional 108 new charging hubs across the UK speaks volumes – and is a huge step up from last year.

“These multi-charger hubs make a real difference for electric car drivers, providing peace of mind on longer journeys.”

ZapMap’s data also show regional differences in charging infrastructure, and the degree to which some regions are now catching up with the rest of the country. For example, there has been a 133% increase in ultra-rapid provision in the North-East, compared to only 41% for Greater London.