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These are the BEST places to own an electric car in the UK

These are the BEST places to own an electric car in the UK

By looking at the number of public electric car charging stations in each city and the number of electric car drivers in those areas, MINI’s latest report shows where the UK electric vehicle market is strongest, where it is growing fastest, and how this shapes government legislation, in addition to growth projections from 2022.

The report emphasizes that progress is in the right direction. The UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure is improving year on year, from 15,116 charging stations in October 2019 to 25,927 in October 2021 – that’s a 72% increase and one that MINI says will continue to grow by 24% in 2022.

To stay on track with the EU’s Green Deal, which aims to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050, the UK must install 500,000 charging points across the country by 2030. MINI predicts that 85% of UK cities, 101 out of 120, will meet their individual charging point targets.

Milton Keynes is the electric car capital of the UK

MINI has created an index that reveals which cities are best for electric car owners. Cities were scored on multiple factors, including the number of charge points per population and city area, as well as the number of EVs registered, out of a total score of 120.

The index shows that Milton Keynes is the best city in the UK to own an electric car with the highest number of charging points (372, including 123 fast charging points) per 100,000 in our report, which equates to approximately 21.1 points per sq. miles . London follows with 100.3 and then Leeds with 95.

Top 10 Best Locations for EV Drivers

Village Devices fully charged per 100,000 inhabitants Fast devices per 100,000 inhabitants per m2 Registered BEVs Registered PHEVs Search volume Final score
Milton Keynes 372 137.7 123 45.5 7 13759 7702 390 104
London 7865 87.4 692 7.7 1.4 33285 28940 12100 100.3
Leeds 289 36.2 69 8.6 1.6 10634 9570 1000 95.1
Coventry 481 126.8 45 11.9 1.6 791 469 590 93.9
Bedford 102 58.4 22 12.6 2.8 897 646 480 92.3
slough 68 45.5 31 20.7 3 11081 12569 260 91.2
Nottingham 151 44.8 48 14.2 2 696 396 590 89.1
High Wycombe 165 30.2 33 6 3.3 3.308 2.344 260 88.1
East Kilbride 148 46.1 45 14 4.8 676 477 70 83.6


Data from October 21, 2021 Q2 and December 2021

Stevenage offers the least to electric car owners with a score of 6.6, followed by Hartlepool and Harlow.

Scotland, High Wycombe and Coventry are leading EV hubs in the UK

The data paints a broader picture of the UK. Scotland has the highest adoption of electric cars of any UK country, although charging points in Wales have grown by 88%. London has the largest use of electric cars of any major city, but Coventry has the most charging stations for any city outside of London. The location with the highest number of ULEV registrations is High Wycombe. When it comes to our cities, Barnsley is expected to see the largest increase (55%) in rechargeable devices in 2022, and Salford is expected to see the largest decrease in devices at -10%.

Charging costs and mileage are the biggest barriers to EVs for young people

ULEV ownership among young people remains low. As part of their report, MINI also surveyed 1,000 Britons aged 18-30 to better understand young people’s views on electric vehicles (EVs). While nearly half (46%) said they would own an EV if there were no barriers to buying, the survey found that only 3% of 18-30 year olds currently own an ULEV.

The biggest barriers to ownership are cost and reach. More than half of respondents (57%) said they are concerned about the cost of charging electric cars, and concerns remain about the mileage they currently deliver (52%).

Two in five (43%) said they are concerned about the availability of public charging stations and that EVs are simply too expensive to buy (41%).

While nearly three quarters (71%) of those surveyed are aware of the government’s plans to stop selling new diesel and petrol cars from 2030, an equal majority (72%) were unaware of the eight government grants and initiatives to help them transition.

According to MINI data, the UK is predicted to miss the 2030 deadline with 240,000 charging points. Assuming the growth rate continues at a YoY average of 29%, the UK will not reach its target until 2033.

Federico Izzo, Director for MINI UK & Ireland said: “It is encouraging to see that the overall findings of the Electric Progress Report are positive and show that the UK is taking nationwide steps to support electric mobility and a greener future. MINI is committed to a more sustainable future and will be the first BMW Group brand to become fully electric by the early 2030s.”

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