Which Areas in the UK have the most broken Electric Car Chargers

Currently, there are over 37,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide, but findings show that roughly 480,000 public charging stations will be needed to meet the ‘Road to 2030’ target. 

One of the biggest problems plaguing the EV sector is accessibility to charging stations across the country, which puts pressure on councils to place chargers in the right areas and keep them working.

Here at The Solar Centre we analysed the latest data to uncover towns and cities in the UK with the most broken electric vehicle charging points.

And here are the findings…

Londonderry has the highest number of broken electric car charging points, with a staggering 30 percent of their existing chargers not working.

According to a recent report many Northern Ireland natives feel discouraged about purchasing an electric vehicle due to the need to recharge it – 44 percent of respondents in fact. 

The government recently announced plans to invest £3.27 million into upgrading the EV network across Northern Ireland by replacing unreliable chargers and upgrading fast chargers to rapid ones. 

On the other end of the spectrum, seven cities were shown to have 100 percent functioning EV chargers, including the likes of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire and Darlington, County Durham. 

All three locations have benefitted from additional funding to improve their EV infrastructure. 

For instance, Nottinghamshire benefitted from funding provided by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles to expand the public EV network, whereas County Durham council will receive £3.1 million to install a further 150 EV charging stations across the county.

You can see our full findings in the link below – see how your area fares.

Electric Car Charger Data


We looked at ZapMap and recorded every electric car charger within each area. We then recorded every charger indicated as ‘not working’ on ZapMap and calculated the percentage of broken chargers in each area.  

Please note, ZapMap is updated regularly so the data might be different for you as it might have changed since we carried out our research. Data is accurate as of February 2023.  

Link to ZapMap – https://www.zap-map.com/live/

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