Electric chargers hit 2,000 mark

The ‘zap map’, designed by NextGreenCar.com, shows the 2,000 mark has been passed for the first time in the UK with the majority of charging points based in London and along the M4.

However, the Midlands and North East has also seen a large increase in electric charging points in recent months, the map reveals.

The 2,000 charging points are made up of around 1,600 ‘slow’ chargers, 400 ‘fast’ chargers and 35 ‘rapid’ chargers.

The latter can charge an electric car such as the Citroen C-Zero or Peugeot iOn to 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes.

The increase in the number of charging points across the UK is good news for Vauxhall Ampera owners, who can pre-order the extended-range electric car now in preparation for deliveries in May.

However, for those in areas without charging points, the Vauxhall Ampera can also be filled with petrol to extend the range to over 360 miles – within range of at least one electric charger from any point in England.

Dr Ben Lane, Managing Editor of Next Green Car “With the advent of the Plug-in Van Grant, and the imminent launch of several new EVs and two innovative Plug-in electric cars, a robust and extensive charging point infrastructure is more important than ever and we are delighted that the charging points on Zap-Map have passes the 2,000 milestone”.

The plug-in car grant offers £5,000 off the price of a new car, bringing the likes of the Vauxhall Ampera below £30,000. A plug-in van grant offers up to £8,000 off the price of a new electric van and is available on models such as the Ford Transit Connect and Renault Kangoo ZE.