Extra charge for electric vehicles owners in Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Extra charge for electric vehicles owners in Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 17th Mar, 2024   0

ELECTRIC vehicle owners in Warwickshire will soon find it easier to get charged in the county thanks to a new policy.

The EV (Electric Vehicle) Parking Policy allows Warwickshire County Council to make on-street EV charging bays ‘EV-Only’. They can currently be used by all car types.

Limiting availability to charging EVs only aims to enhance their availability for EV drivers across the county.

The updated parking policy comes as electric vehicle ownership in the region continues to steadily increase and directly ties in with the council’s transport and environmental aims of prioritising sustainable travel and reducing harmful emissions.

WCC transport spokesman Jan Matecki said: The ownership of electric vehicles has dramatically increased in Warwickshire since we first started designating parking bays for their use. Now, we need more parking bays that are solely for EV use not only to reflect that but also to encourage more drivers to make the switch to electric.

“Encouraging and increasing the use of an electric vehicle is key to our commitment to achieving Net Zero Carbon, as a county, by 2050 and this policy change clearly demonstrates our commitment to delivering a sustainable future for Warwickshire.”

WCC also aims to collaborate with chargepoint operators to optimize EV charging accessibility, and prioritising areas with limited off-street parking.

And the authority is also encouraging residents to suggest locations for EV charging points and anyone can make a location suggestion by visiting www.warwickshire.gov.uk/electric-vehicles or calling 01926 410 410.


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