In a bid to tackle the climate emergency, Gloucestershire County Council has announced plans to install 1,000 electric vehicle charging points over the next three years. The first phase of the rollout will see about 30 locations across the county being proposed, with letters sent to residents requesting their feedback on the sites. The locations for the first batch of charge points will be finalised after considering the residents’ feedback, after which installation works can begin. The programme aims to increase the availability of public charge points, making it easier for residents to switch to electric vehicles. About one-third of residential properties in Gloucestershire have no off-street parking for charging an EV at home, but the new charge points will be installed in public areas, thus giving residents greater confidence that they will be able to charge their EV either near their home or while they’re out and about in the county.
Private vehicle use accounts for over half of carbon dioxide emissions from transport, and switching from fossil fuel to electric vehicles has the potential to significantly reduce these figures. With the UK government set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, Gloucestershire County Council aims 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.
Cllr David Gray, the 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.” Residents can share their views on where they think new charging points should be located by registering their interest on the council’s website.