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More electric vehicle charging points being lined up for south Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 13th Mar, 2023   0

A FEASIBILITY study is being launched into providing more electric vehicle charging points across south Warwickshire.

Stratford and Warwick district councils have teamed-up to help inform the future infrastructure for electric vehicle charging in the area.

The cost of the study, which is expected to be around £40,000, will be shared equally between the two councils.

The study builds on the report considered last year which identified the number of charging facilities that may be required and will investigate how these could be implemented.

The two councils have been working with the Energy Savings Trust, and say it is clear there is high interest from providers who are looking to invest in the south Warwickshire area.

The feasibility study will consider a number of key issues including equity in provision – seeking to ensure that households without driveways could access convenient charging, and a joined-up approach with other initiatives across the south Warwickshire area, especially aligning with the ambition of Warwickshire County Council as highways authority.

A scheme will be considered to help more profitable locations subsidise a wider network of electric vehicle charging points across the more rural areas of south Warwickshire.

Insuring that the right speed of charger is in the right location and they are in well-lit spots will also form part of the study.

It is hoped the study will be completed in the summer and that both councils will then be able to find a partner to rollout the infrastructure.

The government has approved a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and hybrids vehicles by 2035. .

SDC’s environment spokesman Coun Bill Fleming said the move was an important step towards making sure electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the area was fit for the future.

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