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Northern Ireland still lags behind in public EV charge network

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It had the lowest level of charging device provision in the UK, with 29 devices per 100,000.

That’s followed by the North West of England and Yorkshire and the Humber, each with 53 devices per 100,000, according to the latest figures from the Department for Transport.

There are now just shy of 60,000 public electric vehicle charging devices installed in the UK.

Of those, around 11,590 had charging power of 50kW or above – around a fifth of all chargers.

Meanwhile, 35,339 had a power rating of 3kW up to 8kW, this represents 59% of all charging devices 50kW and above charging device provision was lowest for Northern Ireland with just seven charging devices rated 50kW and above per 100,000.

A number of firms are continuing to invest in public charging infrastructure here, including Weev, with faster points for EV users across Northern Ireland.

And the latest figures show Northern Ireland had the largest percentage increase in 50kW and above devices at 70.5%, corresponding to an increase of 55 devices rated 50kW and above.

EV charging platform business Virta said while the figures were bad news for drivers in Northern Ireland, they also represented a real opportunity for businesses.

“With the growing number of EV drivers on the roads, consumers are more and more likely to choose where to spend their money based on where they can charge their car,” Virta’s Suki Sangha said.

“For more than 80% of EV drivers globally, EV charging has an impact when deciding where to shop. Equally, eight out of 10 hotel guests say EV charging has a direct impact on whether or not they book a room.

“EV charging is becoming an expectation at amenities, attractions and hotels and this represents a tremendous opportunity for businesses to get in at the ground level.

“The latest figures show that Northern Ireland has a dearth of EV chargers, so installing a charging infrastructure could be a real revenue boost for businesses who can fill that gap.”

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