A list of the top 20 local authorities facing the greatest need for kerbside charging from electric van drivers has been published by the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).

The organisation said the list was topped by Birmingham City Council, followed by City of Edinburgh Council and the London Borough of Croydon.

The list is based on the AFP’s new national kerbside charging map, designed to show exactly where UK businesses need kerbside charging to be installed close to the homes of their van-driving employees.

AFP chair Paul Hollick said: “The requirement for kerbside charging remains the single biggest obstacle to the adoption of electric vans for businesses. Without the ability to charge overnight, the whole operational model quickly falls apart.

“We believe that around 60-70% of fleet van drivers need kerbside charging installed near to their home in order to use an electric van. Our aim is that each of them will have facilities installed within a safe four-five minute walk.

“What the map does is provide our members with hard data that allows them to approach partners such as local authorities and charging providers, and show exactly where chargers need to be sited. This is a crucial step forward.

“These new rankings are a good indication of the places where most work needs to be done. What they have in common is that these are heavily populated, urban areas where there is a large proportion of homes without driveways such as terraced houses and apartments.”

Hollick added that the AFP was very keen for more fleets to add their data to make the map ever more complete and would like to hear from businesses who would be able to contribute van driver information.

He said: “This data is, of course, anonymised and handled in accordance with all relevant regulations. Details are available on our web site or by emailing us.”

The rankings in full are:

  1. Birmingham City Council
  2. City of Edinburgh Council
  3. London Borough of Croydon
  4. Glasgow City Council
  5. London Borough of Newham
  6. Leeds City Council
  7. London Borough of Enfield
  8. Bristol City Council
  9. Buckinghamshire Council
  10. Wiltshire Council
  11. London Borough of Lewisham
  12. London Borough of Waltham Forest
  13. London Borough of Greenwich
  14. London Borough of Southwark
  15. London Borough of Haringey
  16. London Borough of Haringey
  17. Medway Council
  18. Plymouth City Council
  19. Liverpool City Council
  20. Portsmouth City Council