More electric charging points in North Somerset than UK average

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:05 08 December 2019

The proportion of electric car chargers in North Somerset is above the UK average.              Picture: Getty Images

The proportion of electric car chargers in North Somerset is above the UK average. Picture: Getty Images

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The proportion of electric car chargers in North Somerset is above the UK average.

The Department for Transport has called for councils across the country to do more to increase the number of charging points.

But its figures show North Somerset is ahead of the curve, with 86 public chargers as of the start of October, including at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre in Portishead.

North Somerset's rate of 40 devices per 100,000 people, is significantly higher than the UK average.

The district also has 17 rapid charge points which can fully recharge cars in 30 minutes, compared with the a normal socket that takes up to eight hours.

Across the UK, there are more than 15,000 charge points, including 2,500 rapid devices.

However, RAC director Steve Gooding said simply 'totting up' the number of charge points reveals nothing about whether councils are choosing the best locations for motorists.

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