According to the carmaker Nissan, EV Charging Stations reached the number of 9,199 active spots to charge. This means that it surpassed gas stations by 803 units that are spread across 8,396 places in the UK.
It is important to note that some of the electric stations can only charge one EV at a time, being the complete opposite of gas stations that have several pumps to fuel vehicles. This may cause the practical number of active pumps to be different.
On the other hand, electric stations offer a fast Charging feature that is perfect for some models of cars on the market. According to Nissan, there are at least 1,600 of those on the streets.
Out of those fast chargers, you can find Tesla’s spots listed on its website.
An official statement by Nissan was made:
“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.”
This is some excellent news. It is quite exciting to see the numbers finally change, even if it is just in one country. It is definitely a start.