25 Feb 2024

London and Nottingham named top EV cities

London has been identified as the UK city furthest ahead on the EV switch, according to a new study from used car marketplace Motorway, closely followed by Nottingham.
The study examined EV sales data by region, charging point availability and clean air policies of cities and towns across the UK to come up with the rankings.

The 10 electric car cities and towns was as follows:
• London
• Nottingham
• Bedford
• Manchester
• Newcastle upon Tyne
• Milton Keynes
• Bristol
• Oxford
• Coventry
• Southampton


The list does not show the whole picture though. London leads on EV adoption, and has 8,600 public charging points, but when it comes to charger availability actually comes 15th, with the ratio of chargers to people at 1 to 1,672. While they did not make the top 10, Hounslow and Brighton were identified as having the most advanced charging infrastructure and the best person-to-charger ratio.

Commenting on the list, Motorway Co-Founder Alex Buttle said: “While I’m sure most car owners are considering making the transition to an EV at some point, there are several factors at play in the decision. One of those factors is whether or not you live in a city or town which has sufficient charging point infrastructure. We’ve created this comprehensive index to help car owners understand which areas and cities are truly leading the charge when it comes to EV-friendliness. As we look ahead to 2030, we’d love to see this list become more competitive, making it easier and more affordable than ever for car owners to make the switch.”

To view the full study, visit: https://motorway.co.uk/best-ev-cities