52% of councils have spent nothing on EV infrastructure this year

52% of councils have spent nothing on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure so far this year, new Freedom of Information (FOI) data reveals. 

The research, which was conducted by DevicePilot reveals that:

  • Nearly two-thirds of UK councils (60%) received complaints about the availability, reliability or number of charging points over the last 12 months
  • On average, UK councils received 15% less funding from the government for EV charging infrastructure in the last 12 months compared to the same period in 2020
  • London councils spent more than double the national average on EV charging in 2021 (£204k) 
  • London councils are planning to install 39 new chargers per 100,000 people in 2022, compared to a national average of just 9 per 100,000 people
  • The average cost of a council-bought ChargePoint in the UK is £6,000, although figures range between £350 and £100,000
  • The total cost of EV maintenance across the UK is estimated at £5.6m
  • On average, councils are planning to install 52 charging points in their area by the end of 2022 (up from 28 in 2021)
  • Nearly half of councils (46%) reported that they don’t know how many chargepoints they will install in 2022, or are planning to install zero

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Pilgrim Beart, DevicePilot CEO and co-founder said: ‘Universal EV ownership is not a target, it’s an inevitability.

‘In the next ten years, more than half the cars on the road will be electric. To facilitate this transformation, the UK must install tens of thousands of chargepoints reaching every corner of the country. 

‘EVs are vital to the UK’s carbon emissions targets, but while some parts of the UK are on schedule to meet greater EV demands, others areas lack the funding to do anything whatsoever.

‘I have a lot of sympathy for councils whose budgets have been stretched to breaking point by the pandemic and budget cuts, but we cannot continue to let the divide between the EV haves and have nots grow further. It should be the UK’s short-term goal to ensure everyone in the country can reap the benefits of EVs, not just the privileged few.’


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Peter Sephton
Peter Sephton
2 years ago

Does it surprise us? No. The government talks Greenwash and slashes LA budgets; most Councils haven’t caught up with the trend to electric, so will lose out on visitors. But Councils do have a solution; use CIL or whatever it’s now called, to raise funds on new development and install a fast charge point in on the back of every new building.

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