UK set for more electric car charge points than petrol stations by 2020

Motoring giant Nissan have claimed there be more public electric car charging stations than petrol stations by 2020, so maybe now is a good time to sell your car quick and convert to electric before everyone else does nearer to 2020?

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The Japanese motoring company have made the claim after analysing data covering the decline of petrol stations with one astonishing figure showing the size of the decline; In 1970 there were 37, 539 petrol stations situated within the UK by the end of 2015 that figure had decreased significantly to 8,472 and by following the rate of decline, they predict that there will be 7,870 left by the August 2020.

The decline of the petrol station is a sad affair especially for British motoring culture, but the future needn’t look so bleak, Nissan also found out that public electric car charge stations would increase to 7,900 by August 2020 and thus eclipsing the amount of petrol stations… just!

The rapid acceleration in electrical car technology could perhaps result in crossover happening quicker than 2020, a Nissan spokesman said:

"Just over 100 years since the first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number in the UK has peaked, declined and is expected to be overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion, powered cars. More than 75% of UK petrol stations have closed in the last 40 years, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 to more than 4,100 locations in 2016, as electric car sales take off."

Nissan also used Go Ultra Low to further demonstrate their stance, the government and car industry campaign stated that more than 115 electric vehicles were registered every day in the first four months of 2016 equating to one car every 13 minutes!

We now see 98% of UK motorway service stations housing charging stations which also includes rapid charge connectors that have the ability to charge a vehicles battery to 80% in half an hour!

Nissan Motor EV Manager Edward Jones commented further adding:

"As electric vehicle sales take off, the charging infrastructure is keeping pace and paving the way for convenient all-electric driving. Combine that with constant improvements in our battery performance and we believe the tipping point for mass EV uptake is upon us.

As with similar breakthrough technologies, the adoption of electric vehicles should follow an ‘S-curve’ of demand. A gradual uptake from early adopters accelerates to a groundswell of consumers buying electric vehicles just as they would any other powertrain."