More Charging Stations Than Fuel Stations By 2020

More Charging Stations Than Fuel Stations By 2020
There will be more public electric charging stations than petrol stations by 2020, according to new research

A new analysis by Nissan has predicted that by the summer of 2020, there will be more public locations to charge electric cars in the UK than petrol stations.

Petrol stations in the UK have been declining steadily over many years. In 1970 there were 37,539 and by the end of 2015 there were just 8,472, a reduction of more than 75%. Assuming that this decline continues, Nissan believes that by August 2020 numbers will fall even further to under 7,870. In contrast, the number of electric vehice charging locations is expected to reach around 7,900 by the same date, meaning it will over take the amount of petrol stations for the first time.

Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, so this crossover could potentially happen alot sooner than 2020.

The very first fuel station in the UK opened just over 100 years ago in Aldermaston, Berkshire and after its peak has been slowly declining. This is an exciting time for electric vehicles and means that there will be more and more battery powered cars on the road, helping to combat the issue of CO2 emissions.

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