UK EV adoption skyrockets – 30-times more EV’s on British roads


It was expected, but perhaps not this quickly: according to a new report by UK research firm Compare the Market, the number of electric vehicles on UK roads has sky-rocketed to just shy of 200,000, growing by more than 30-times the 6,000 on British roads just 8 short years ago.

The report, however, also notes that the 199,881 EVs on UK roads represent just over half-a-per cent (0.55%).

The rate of adoption aligns with the sales of EVs in Britain, which surged in August, to a record 3.4% of market share, according to the latest figures from Britain’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Zero-emission vehicles saw the biggest growth, rising by 3,147 units – representing a 377.5% increase.

The city of Peterborough interestingly has the highest percentage of EVs in its limits, making up 5.17% of registered vehicles in the city. Second place goes to Birmingham, which boasts less-than-half of Peterborough’s figure at just 2.21%.

London, considered as being the hub for transport electrification was the fastest to adopt EV’s which now make up 0.82% on the roads of the capital, whereas Wales, in stark contrast to London, has a mere 4,032 EV’s in operation, representing 0.23% of vehicles.

Given plans by numerous developers and solutions companies to roll-out a further 300 rapid-charging points throughout the greater London area, in addition to the 180 currently deployed, the research firm notes the rate of adoption in the UK’s largest city is “no surprise”, stating: “At the other end of the scale, rural areas (especially those in Wales and Northern Ireland) have seen virtually no uptake of EVs, with less than 0.1% of vehicles on the roads being electric in some places.

“This is likely due to a lack of charging infrastructure in these areas, although some major towns such as Middlesbrough and Derry also fell in the bottom ten.”

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