Nissan has said that traditional fuel stations in the UK will be outnumbered by electric vehicle charging stations by 2020.
The company’s prediction comes with the news of a 31.8% year-on-year hike in UK demand for electric vehicles in the first six months of 2016.
Nissan says that the ‘tipping point’ for EVs has already been reached. So far this year 19,252 new electric cars have been registered in the UK. To meet the growing demand Nissan calculates that around 7,900 charging stations will be installed in car parks by August 2020.
The number of fuel stations (as opposed to the total number of fuel pumps) is expected to drop to 7870 by that date, a 602 reduction in the number reported as open at the end of 2015.
Despite the Government’s recent downward adjustment of its EV buyers’ grant from £5000 to £4500, more people are buying EVs. The most popular plug-in hybrid electric car in the UK is Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV, with 5738 sold in the first half of 2016. The most popular electric-only car was the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling EV, with 2336 new UK registrations.