Scotland is leading the rest of the UK in terms of provision of rapid EV chargers, according to new figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).

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As of July 1 this year Scotland had 8.9 rapid chargers per 100,000 of population, well ahead of the South East in second place with 5.8. The UK average was 4.8.

Overall there were 18,265 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK, and of these, 3,206 were rapid devices.

Since 2015, the number of public charging devices has grown by nearly five times to July 2020, with an 11% increase in the year to date. Rapid charging devices have also grown strongly, increasing by 363% since 2015.

In the second quarter of 2020, 318 more devices were available in total, up 2% on the previous quarter, and 99 of these were rapid devices.

Commenting on the new figures, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “Despite the coronavirus, it’s clear that the installation of new electric vehicle chargers is continuing apace. With suggestions that we may have passed ‘peak petrol’, the sight of plenty of new chargers in prominent locations like supermarket car parks could be the nudge that some drivers need to opt for a plug-in car next time they change their vehicle, over one powered purely by petrol or diesel.

“While home charging is one of the most important elements of electric vehicle ownership, a comprehensive public charging network is also vital to giving drivers confidence they can keep topped up when away from home. For this reason, it’s vital new chargers are installed right across the UK in rural as well as urban locations.

“It’s also important that rapid and ultra-rapid chargers start to make up a greater proportion of new public chargers – this will mean the ‘turnover’ of electric vehicles using them can be as high as possible, and can go some way towards making the process of charging a car as normal as filling one with fuel.”