Plans by Gloucestershire County Council to install 1,000 electric vehicle charging points over the next three years are progressing.
Latest update from Gloucestershire Council Newsroom:
About 30 locations across the county have been proposed for the first phase of the roll-out and letters have been sent to residents who live close to the sites requesting their feedback.
After residents’ feedback has been considered, the locations for the first batch of chargepoints will be finalised and installation works can begin. Further locations are being identified to continue the roll-out.
The programme is part of the county council’s strategy to tackle the climate emergency, helping Gloucestershire to reduce the impact of transport on our climate and improve local air quality.
Greater availability of public chargepoints will make it easier for residents to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).
About one third of residential properties in Gloucestershire have no off-street parking for charging an EV at home.
These new chargepoints will be installed in public areas, giving residents greater confidence that they will be able to charge their EV either near their home, whilst working or when out and about in the county. Greater access to public chargepoints is expected to boost the take-up of EVs.
Around one third of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Gloucestershire come from transport and private vehicle use accounts for over half of this (55 per cent). However switching from fossil fuel to electric vehicles has the potential to reduce these figures significantly.
With the government due to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, the county council plans to roll out its network well ahead of this date to give residents the practical option of choosing to go electric as early as possible.
The county council has appointed Connected Kerb to install and run its network of chargers. Residents can share their views on where they think new charging points should be located by registering their interest here.
Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “It’s great news that our plans to install 1,000 electric vehicle charging points around the county are progressing. Electric vehicles cut emissions, improve air quality and reduce noise pollution, so these charging points will help to create a greener Gloucestershire and provide accessible facilities for residents who do not have off-street parking.”
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Quoted from Gloucestershire Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Plans for electric vehicle charging points accelerating – Gloucestershire County Council
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