Gloucestershire charges ahead to power electric vehicles
Gloucestershire County Council cabinet will consider the roll out for on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points when it meets on 23 June.
If cabinet approve, the county council will invest £620k in the first of 500 double charging points (1000 charging points in total) around the county adding to the privately owned points already in place in car parks and fuel stations. The roll out of the first 25 double charge points will start in Gloucester and Cheltenham later this financial year.
The roll out of electric vehicle charging points would give residents around the county more options to help reduce carbon emissions from transport, improving air quality while keeping Gloucestershire moving.
Cabinet will also be asked to consider the wider Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) Strategy, which sets out how the council, developers, businesses and transport operators can support the change to zero carbon travel.
Last year the UK government announced it will ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030. The roll out of on-street charging points as well as a wider strategy to create EV infrastructure will encourage residents to make the switch by giving them more charging availability.
A major barrier to people buying hybrid and electric vehicles is the charging network; 30 per cent of households are unable to charge a vehicle off street. Therefore the government is prioritising 75 per cent grant funding to councils to invest in on street chargers in residential areas. This means county council funding will be matched 3:1 by government bids to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
Cllr David Gray, cabinet member responsible for tackling climate change, said, “We must continue to be proactive to improve air quality and reduce carbon throughout Gloucestershire.
“Transport makes up around a third of our county’s carbon emissions, and we know the affects poor air quality has on health. By giving people more on-street charging points we’re making it even easier to make the switch to electric vehicles; keeping people moving while decreasing diesel and petrol fumes in our communities.”
The Gloucestershire ULEV Strategy will also help develop plans for more low emission, low carbon buses to deliver the government’s Bus Back Better strategy and road map to net zero bus services.
You can find out more about Gloucestershire’s wider Climate Change strategy on our website.
Read the cabinet papers here.