There are now more public charging locations in the UK than petrol stations, according to data from Zap-Map, an online service for electric charger users.

As of May 22, Zap-Map reported that there were 8,471 charging locations across the UK, hosting a total of 13,613 charging devices. According to Experian Catalist figures, there were 8,400 petrol stations as of the end of April this year.

Zap-Map has recorded strong growth in the UK public EV charge-point market in the past year, with the number of locations increasing by 57%. Ben Lane, co-founder at Zap-Map, commented: "The public and private sectors are now investing heavily in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient charging points to support the growing electric fleet. This month’s milestone reveals the rapid pace of change already underway as the age of the combustion engine gives way to an all-electric era with vehicles offering both zero-emissions and a better driving experience."