Sunderland is UK’s best city for electric vehicles

Research has that Sunderland is the best city to own an electric vehicle (EV), followed by Coventry and Newcastle, while Portsmouth is the lowest ranked, with Leicester and Liverpool among the worst

The study looked at 20 of the biggest cities in the UK and ranked each based on the average cost to charge an EV, the number of rapid charging points per vehicle and the number of standard and rapid charging points per 100,000 people.

The research, conducted by Forbes Advisor, used data from 20 of the most populated cities** in the UK and ranked each city based on four EV metrics: cost of charging an EV at home, number of standard and rapid EV charging points per 100,000 people, and the number of rapid charging points per registered EV in the area.

Based on this data, each location was assigned an ‘EV Accessibility Rating’ out of 80, with Sunderland coming out on top, scoring 69/80, and Portsmouth ranking lowest with a score of 23/80. London scored 49/80. 

The 10 best cities to own an EV, with their ‘EV Accessibility Rating’ are:

  1. Sunderland – 69
  2. Coventry – 68
  3. Newcastle – 63
  4. Leeds – 55
  5. Middlesbrough – 54 
  6. Sheffield – 50
  7. London – 49
  8. Reading – 47 
  9. Brighton – 41
  10. Cardiff – 41

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at Forbes Advisor, said: “Sales of electric cars are booming, and we can expect to see more EVs on the road as we approach the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. But that means we need to see acceleration in the number and distribution of charging points so that drivers can enjoy easy access to the power they need. It’s good to see cities across the UK getting to grips with the issue.

“When it comes to insurance, drivers switching to an electric car should hopefully not experience too much of a shock. The cost will largely be driven by the value of the car and the owner’s circumstances and driving history. The high cost of replacement parts and the scarcity of mechanics trained to work on EVs has been an issue, but as the UK fleet gradually transitions to hybrids and electrics and then to electrics alone, price differentials should narrow and disappear.”

Methodology:

For this study, Forbes Advisor looked at the 20 most populated cities in the UK. 

To rank each city, four metrics were taken into consideration; cost of charging an EV at home, number of rapid charging points per 100k people, the number of charging points per 100,000 people and number of rapid charging points per EV. Each city was then given a score of 1 to 20 based on where they ranked in the list, with 20 being the best and 1 being the worst. The total possible score was 80. 

To track the cost of charging an EV at home in each city, Forbes Advisor used data from the Dept for Business, Energy & Industry to get the average cost of electricity per kWh in each region in the UK. Then, using data on the average amount of energy needed to charge an EV, the researchers were able to come to a cost of charging an EV at home in each city. 

To look at the cost of charging points across the UK, Forbes Advisor looked at Government data on the number of charging points and number of rapid charging points in each region per 100,000 people. Then, to calculate the number of rapid charging points per registered EV, the number of rapid charging points were divided by the number of registered EVs in each area.

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