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Plugged-in residents from the South East of England are top of the EV home-charging leagues according to data from installer Smart Home Charge.

Enquiries and installations for home EV charging points have rocketed in recent years, but it is the South East that has charged to the top of the home-charging league tables. Smart Home Charge installed over 1,400 charge points in the South East, confirming it as the most popular region for home charging between July 2020 and June 2022. It had a total of 1,438 confirmed installations between July 2020 and June 2022, edging ahead of the Midlands, the runner-up, by 2.8%.

However, the Midlands is rapidly catching up with the most installations in 2022 so far with 446 home charge points installed versus 431 for the South East. The Midlands also saw the most enquiries for home chargers of any UK region, with more than 5,200 since July 2020. A deciding factor and uplift for this could be Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, which was introduced on June 1, 2021, as the city’s answer to growing pollution levels. Aimed at improving air quality as soon as possible, in particular by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone, Birmingham is one of the key areas of the Midlands.

Danny Morgan, editor at Smart Home Charge, said: “It’s no surprise to see EV home charger enquiries and installations increasing as the electric car ball is well and truly rolling and home charging is the most convenient method of refuelling an EV. However, it’s encouraging to see demand is not restricted to just London and the South East, with the Midlands, the North of England, and Scotland seeing healthy home charge point installation numbers. East Anglia and Wales are lagging behind in terms of enquiries and installations, which may be due to their more rural road network, so more work is needed to help convince drivers of the viability of electric cars here.”

Smart Home Charge also noted that home and workplace charge points totalled over 400,000, dwarfing the 32,663 public charging devices installed in the UK, as of June 2022.