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There Are Now More Electric Car Charging Points Than Petrol Stations In The UK

Drivers now have more public places to charge electric cars than they do to fill up with petrol or diesel, Nissan has claimed in new research. Click here to read the full story.

The car manufacturer said there were now 9,300 electric vehicle charging points across the UK compared to 8,400 fuel stations.

Sales of pure electric vehicles are up by 70 per cent this year as buyers take advantage of government grants and perks such a road tax exemption and, from 2020-21, no company car tax.

In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened - at Aldermaston in Berkshire in November 1919 - the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery-powered cars (EVs).

Almost 80 per cent of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, while the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011.

For more information on hiring EVs from Green Motion in the UK and worldwide, visit www.greenmotion.com