Toolkit for Local Areas

Making the EV transition better for all

A New AutoMotive For Local Areas

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Understanding supply sufficiency

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Module length 30 minutes

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In this module, we will explore the data we need to understand whether the local charging infrastructure will be able to meet demand as we go through the transition.

There are four areas we will need to understand through local data -

  • how many private homes are set up to charge EVs, and with what kind of chargers?
  • how many public chargepoints there are, and with what kind of chargers?
  • how many people locally will need public chargepoints and how many will be able to install their own at home?
  • what are some of the other local infrastructure requirements beyond the installation of chargepoints?

We will look at the sources of information for each of these areas today and explore ways to identify future gaps between Supply and the Demand we expect to see in an area based on models developed in the previous module.

The Department for Transport’s Environmental Statistics Team has data about the number of domestic chargepoints installed in each postcode district based on applications that people have made for grants to install chargepoints at their homes.

Comparing this data with the numbers of EVs can give you an indication of the charging behaviour of drivers in a particular area. The Department for Transport’s Environmental Statistics team can be contacted at

Domestic Chargepoint Data Limitations

These data are based on home chargers installed using public funding. Where someone has installed a charger without making use of government grant schemes, this will not be captured in the data.

Data held by the electricity supply companies may be more comprehensive in capturing chargepoints that were installed without a grant and we will be looking into the availability of this data during the beta development phase.

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Understanding satisfaction amongst EV owners

An introduction to the kind of data we need to understand if EV owners feel well served - looking at some key indicators, and ways to assess these with surveys of current and prospective EV owners, up-time data from chargepoint suppliers, and local information about particular sites.

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Sources of further information and examples of good practice.

Department for Transport

A wealth of resources on low emission and electric vehicles, including statistics, funding and chargepoint schemes.


Zap-Map helps EV drivers locate available charge points, plan their electric journeys with the route planner, pay for charging on participating networks and share updates with other drivers.

Electric Brighton

A great example of a community initiative promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in the Brighton and Hove area.

London Charge Point Dashboard

A project from the London Office of Technology and Innovation that pulls together data from multiple local authorities to produce a London-wide dashboard showing charge points and their usage.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust publishes useful information and tools related to electric vehicles on their website.

Access further support from the New AutoMotive team

We want to transition to electric vehicles to be as fast and as smooth as possible. If you would benefit from one of our bespoke workshops, a talk with our team, or if have a request for a customised dataset, we’d love to hear from you.

Team: Ben Nelmes and Andrea Di Antonio
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