COUNCIL chiefs say they are committed to improving electric vehicle charging infrastructure around the county to enable residents to make the switch to EVs.
Over the last 18 months, WCC has submitted successful bids to secure approximately £800,000 of grants and investment to help improve EV charging availability in Warwickshire.
As a result of securing this funding, WCC has delivered 79 twin-headed 7kw charge points across 26 charging hubs, located in urban and more rural locations across the county.
The combined public and private charge point installationsmean Warwickshire now has 58.6 charging devices per 100,000 people, which is above average compared to the average for England.
Council offficers will continue to seek funding opportunities to enable the delivery of EV further charging infrastructure, while also monitoring trials elsewhere and considering a solution to enable residents without off-street parking to charge via their domestic electricity supply.
WCC transport and planning spokesman Coun Wallace Redford said: “At Warwickshire County Council, our EV charging ambitions do not stop here and we are also looking firmly to the future. We are exploring all possible options to rapidly expand our infrastructure for EV charging, prioritising areas with a lack of off-street parking and looking at solutions rural areas of the county.”
WCC environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms added: “We know that carbon emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles are a big contributor to Warwickshire’s overall carbon emissions. Through a mixture of more electric vehicles on our roads and more residents choosing to travel actively, we can all contribute to reducing these emissions as we strive together for a Warwickshire that is sustainable now and for future generations.
“It’s not only EV Charging infrastructure where Warwickshire is excelling. We are also leading nationally on future mobility technologies, with a world-class R&D ecosystem and home to a range of innovative businesses working at the forefront of the green technological revolution, with connected and automated mobility technology, zero carbon new energy vehicles including battery electric and hybrid propulsion systems, and battery technology research and development.
“It would definitely be fair to say that Warwickshire’s ambitions match its national status in the drive to make EVs part of our everyday lives.”
The location of all available charge points in Warwickshire and beyond is available on Zap Map
Find out more about electric vehicle charging in Warwickshire, at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roads-transport/charge-points-electric-vehicles