There is a real postcode lottery when it comes to having an electric car and having somewhere to charge it once you leave home.

The findings show that Waltham Forest is an average and strong performer in terms number of licensed vehicles in 2018, the mean average distance between charging locations and the growth rate of electric cars in the area.

Waltham Forest Council has pledged to install an additional 200 charge points over the next five years to improve the access and functionality of sustainable modes of transport.

The borough additionally scored highly in terms of growth in the presence of the vehicles between 2011 and 2018.

It was found to be in the top 35 per cent in terms of the rate of charging locations per 1,000 vehicles and number of charging locations generally.

It found that Waltham Forest had 18 charging locations across the borough and that there were 257 licensed electric vehicles registered in 2018, compared to just 10 in 2011, representing a 2,470 per cent increase.

The borough saw a rate of charging locations per 1,000 vehicles of 70.04, according to the BBC report.

The mean average distance between charging locations is a strong performer within the borough, registering in the top 17 per cent with a distance of 0.57 km.

A council spokesperson said: “Waltham Forest Council is committed to encouraging residents and visitors to the borough to use sustainable modes of transport.

"We have been investing in improving our roads to encourage more active travel through the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme, alongside welcoming car clubs that use electric vehicles in their fleets to operate in the borough.

"Last year we agreed our Electric Vehicle charging point strategy where we committed to installing an additional 200 charge points over the next five years.

"We currently have 48 charge points available within the borough, but we hope that by 2025 every resident will live within 500 meters of a charge point."

The BBC sourced the data from the Open Charge Map – a worldwide database of electric vehicle charging stations – comparing it with Department for Transport and DVLA records.

At the national level, the local authority with the worst rate of charging locations is Caerphilly at 9.6 while the best is Na h-Eileanan Siar, in the Outer Hebrides, at 958.3.

Only 28 councils have so far taken advantage of a government pot of funding totalling £2.5 million for the on-street residential charge point scheme, which aims to help drivers charge vehicles.