FT EV charger served by UK Power Networks

The number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points added to the network in London, the East and South East, has increased by nearly 2,700 in the past 12 months, UK Power Networks has revealed.

There are now more than 9,000 charge points in London, the East and South East, served by UK Power Networks, with an estimated 154,000 EVs in the areas it serves.

As the company responsible for maintaining the region’s power network, one of UK Power Network’s tasks is to ensure the local grid is ready for the connection of new charging points.

It estimates there will be 4.5 million EVs in the areas it serves by 2030, when sales of new petrol and diesel cars are banned.

Shira Lappin, innovation project lead at UK Power Networks, said: “It’s important that we work with local and central government, charge point operators, customers and other stakeholders to ensure that the transition to Net Zero is a seamless one and everyone has access to the charging infrastructure they need.

“In the 12-month period between April 2020 and April this year, the number of charge points in our areas grew by 42%. However, there’s still a lot of work to do to meet the growing demand for EVs and charge points, and we’ll continue to be at the forefront of innovation to get there.”