Aberdeenshire leads the way for charging points
Aberdeenshire is leading the way on the national roll-out of electric vehicle charging points, figures reveal.
But thinktank the Policy Exchange says there are still charging "blackspots" in regions across the UK, adding the speed of installations needs to increase to meet growing demand.
There were 98 public charging points in Aberdeenshire at the start of January, according to figures from the Department for Transport.
That is a rate of 38 per 100,000 people, higher than the UK average of 31.
Since October 2019 – when figures began at a local authority level – Aberdeenshire has seen 27 devices added to its supply.
Meanwhile, across the UK, an additional 5,700 devices were made available over the same period, taking the total number up to 20,800 at the start of this year. However, a report by the Policy Exchange says the speed of the roll-out needs to increase from the current rate to meet the planned ban on new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.
In a foreword to the report, Simon Clarke said: "Whereas a driver of a petrol car can travel confidently from Land's End to John O'Groats, knowing that they can refill the tank every few miles, that is not yet the case for electric vehicles.
"Some areas have naturally built up impressive coverage, but vast swathes of the country have not."
Electric cars have surged in popularity with manufacturers currently supplying a record number.
There were 1,060 electric vehicles licensed to addresses in Aberdeenshire at the end of September 2020, according to latest DfT data – up by 49 per cent from 711 in September 2019.