Yeah, the comparison is false, as they are counting each individual electric charging station but not each individual petrol pump.
Petrol stations have multiple pumps, I’ve never seen a single sided pump so 8,000 stations is going to be a minimum of 16,000 pumps but more realistically way over 32,000 as i can’t remember visiting a petrol station with less than 4 pumps, and i would say most have 8 or more, at least in a city.
I mean there’s been a huge growth in ev stations and a long term decline in petrol stations but this is just bad statistics in action.
There are very few gas stations in the UK.
We have a lot of Petrol Stations and some of them sell LPG or tanks of propane but I don’t know of any places that only sell gases.
It’s not a useful metric, what should be followed is how many cars can be recharged per day and if it matches gas station to refuel the same number of ICE cars per day.
If it takes around 5 minutes to refuel vs 50 minutes to recharge on a DC fast charger, it would require the charging station to have 10x as many chargers per station compared to gas stations. So if a normal gas station sports 4 nozzles, an average charge station would need 40 chargers at say 100 kW each. If they increase to 1 MW per charger then it can have 4 chargers per station and be 1 to 1 comparable.
There is one caveat though, home charging which is not really comparable to ICE cars which are at a disadvantage here. Most homes have electricity, most don’t have tanks of gas to refuel. So do we really need as many charging stations as there are gas stations? Only urban areas will require parity, suburban and rural areas will survive mostly with 10 kW to 20 kW AC chargers and use the DC chargers on long trips only.
If you actually filter the stations by rapidcharger, and ones that take standard payment methods (contactless), you are down to about 200 chargers….
Like Manchester has 9, Leeds has 4.
Check it yourself, zapmap, filters on the left.
Considering there are (way) less EV compared to normal cars, it seems that EVs and EV chargers are highly inefficient.