Nissan said that in the UK, the number of filling stations for electric vehicles has already exceeded the number of filling stations for gasoline and diesel vehicles. In particular, there are currently approximately 9300 electric charges in this country against 8400 petrol stations, that is, almost one thousand more electric vehicle stations.
The first gas station was opened in the UK in November 1919 in Berkshire, after which the number of service stations increased rapidly. The peak value was reached in 1970 (37 539 filling stations), after which their number is actively decreasing (by 80% today). Over the last ten years, the number of gasoline / diesel fuel stations has remained in the range of 8000-9000 units.
In turn, the number of electric charging stations has increased from several hundred in 2011 to more than nine thousand in August 2019. More than 1,600 stations out of 9,300 are high-speed, meaning they charge 80% of electric car batteries in less than time. According to Zap-Map, two high-speed charges were introduced in the UK last month. Almost all gas stations in the country have filling stations, most of which provide fast refueling.
|Fuel stations in the UK||UK for loading locations|
|1970||37,539 th most common|
|1990||19,465 th most common|
|2000||13,043 th most common|
|2018||8.396||6.669 th most common|
The pace of development of the charging infrastructure was driven by the increase in the number of electric vehicles, as well as the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London in April 2019. By comparison, there are 20,000 electric vehicle charging stations in the United States, most of them in California, Florida, and Texas.
Postcript Note that the direct comparison of gas stations and service stations is not completely correct, since in the first case only access to the electricity network and a relatively compact converter is required, and in the second, a whole complex of service stations. It is also worth realizing that existing gas stations will not be closed, but simply gradually transformed into hybrid (fuel / electricity) stations and, in the distant future, completely filling stations as they occupy a convenient location along popular routes and already have adequate infrastructure. (cashier, cafes, shops, etc.)