EV charge point locations now outnumber petrol stations, says Nissan

Nissan has claimed that the emergence of 1,000 more electric vehicle (EV) charge point locations than filling station forecourts in the UK is “a tipping point” in the shift to alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs).

The EV pioneer has correlated data from the Energy Institute and charge point mapping app Zap-Map to establish that there are now 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations.

A statement issued by Nissan said: “In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion powered cars.

“Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 (when the Nissan Leaf went on sale) to more than 9,000 in August 2019.”

Nissan’s research attempts to address arguments related to the shortcomings of charge times but fails to take into account the number of pumps at each forecourt compared to an average number of charge points at each EV charging location, however.

Its statement said that more than 1,600 of the UK’s current charging locations provide ‘rapid charging’ and can recharge a typical EV battery to around 80% in “under an hour”.

According to Zap-Map, two new rapid charge devices came online every day in the last month.

Almost all UK motorway service stations have charging stations installed, the majority of which provide a rapid charge option.

BP Chargemaster  announced the opening of its first 150kW ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers on a BP retail site. The newly-installed facility at BP’s retail site at Cranford, near Heathrow airport, begin operating this week and is the first of 400 ultra-fast chargers at BP sites across the UK to be rolled-out by the end of 2021.

Nissan noted that Transport for London (TfL) has installed more than 1,000 EV charge points in the last year alone, yet supply of conventional fuel within the capital is becoming scarcer, with central London now home to nearly half as many petrol stations per car as the Scottish Highlands and only four remaining within the congestion-charge zone.

One of the country’s oldest forecourts, the Bloomsbury Service Station, which had been in operation since 1926, was closed in 2008.

[Source: Automotive Management Online]