Public electric car charging locations now outnumber gas stations in the United Kingdom, according to Nissan.
The Japanese automakers report that there are 9,199 EV charging locations in the country, while the number of open gas stations stands at 8,396.
The UK's first gas station was opened in Aldermaston, Berkshire, nearly a hundred years ago and reached peak in 1970, with 37,539 open nationwide. The early 2000s saw a decrease as over 3,000 shut down between 2000 and 2005.
Meanwhile, EV charging stations have been on the rise. There were 913 charging locations for electric vehicles in the country in 2012, per Autocar's records. And, as of 2018, that number has increased by 6,699. Over 2,000 more were installed this year, while more than 1,600 of the active chargers around the UK offer fast-charging options.
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“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," a statement from Nissan reads (h/t am-online.com).
“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.”
While there are more charging stations than there are charging stations in the UK, that doesn't mean that there are more electric docks than fuel pumps. Many of the charging locations noted in Nissan's list can only charge one vehicle at a time whereas gas stations are usually equipped with several pumps and can fill multiple tanks at any given time.
Electric car sales are projected to keep going up in the UK, with the Tesla Model 3 dominating the EV market. But the American company should get some competition in the form of the MG ZS Electric, the Peugeot e-208 and the Corsa-e, which are all expected to hit the market at reasonable prices in the near future.