The South-East of England is top of the EV home charging points league with the most plugged-in residents, according to data from Smart Home Charge.
The nationwide EV home charger installer found that households in the South East generated the most installations between June 2020 and June 2022. Exactly 1,438 charge points were connected to homes in the South East during the two-year period, the highest number in the UK.
This may come as no surprise as the South East was also found to have one of the highest rates of car ownership, with 88.7 per cent of households having at least one car or van.
The South East leads by just 2.8 per cent more the Midlands which lands second place on the list of UK regions most popular for EV home charging points. The Midlands is, however, 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 sees the most enquiries for home chargers of any UK regions, with more than 5,200 since July 2020. This could be a result of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, which was introduced on June 1, 2021 as the city’s answer to ever-growing pollution levels. Aimed at improving air quality, in particular by discouraging the highest polluting vehicles from entering the zone, Birmingham is one of the key driving areas of the Midlands.
At the other end of the scale is London and the North West with 852 and 608 installations, respectively.
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,” he continued. “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.
“While this will undoubtedly include an expansion of the public charging infrastructure, home charging can form a huge piece of the puzzle too thanks to shared use platforms such as Co Charger,” Danny added.
Smart Home Charge also found that home and workplace charge points total over 400,000, dwarfing the 32,663 public charging devices installed in the UK, as of June 2022.
The research also included hit-lists of popular home charging units during the two-year period. The most popular home charge point is the Wallbox Pulsar Plus. However, this could easily be overtaken by Norwegian newcomer the Easee One, which is leading the installation charts so far in 2022.
Joel Teague, CEO of home charger sharing platform Co Charger, said: “It’s great we’re seeing home charge point installations continue to rise, but it’s also an opportunity for those home charge points to be shared with those who cannot have one installed.
“Many people who can’t have a home charger installed aren’t switching to EVs because public chargers don’t give the same dependability, convenience and cost benefits needed for them to take the leap to electric,” he shared.
“Fortunately, the 400,000 or so private charge points are rarely used for more than five per cent of the time. By enabling the sharing of these under-utilised assets as community chargers Co Charger is delivering exactly the kind of ‘base’ charging option needed to get everyone out of fossil fuel cars.”
A part of Smart Home Charge’s national success with retailing and installing home chargers is its Easy Estimate tool, which provides customers with a quote within two minutes.