Electric vehicle revolution is speeding up

The county council has recently appointed Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading charging point providers, to install and run a network of chargers.

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, so electric vehicles are a key element in the council’s strategy for reducing emissions and tackling the climate emergency.

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 programme aims to prioritise access to charging points for the one third of residents who do not have off-street parking and charging, taking Gloucestershire one step closer to decarbonising transport.

The council has started working with district and parish councils to identify suitable locations and is bidding for government funding to accelerate this work and benefit smaller communities. Residents are being asked to give their views on where they think charging points should be located, to help map demand and plan for electric vehicle charging.

You can share your views by registering your interest here. The survey will stay open for the duration of the three-year project.

Connected Kerb’s chargers are made from recycled materials, use renewable energy and will be accessible to people with disabilities. They have also committed to recruiting local workers and apprentices.

Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “It’s really positive news that we are moving ahead with our plans to install 1,000 electric vehicle charging points around the county. Electric vehicles cut emissions, improve air quality and reduce noise pollution, so please get in touch to help us plan where these charging points should be installed.”

Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, said: “We are delighted to be delivering the largest single installation of EV charging points in the south-west for Gloucestershire County Council. I have no doubt that the roll-out of Connected Kerb’s long-lasting, sustainable charging infrastructure will make a major contribution to the county’s efforts to improve air quality and make EV charging affordable and accessible for residents without driveways ahead of 2030.”

Find out more about how you can reduce your travel emissions on our Thinktravel website: https://www.thinktravel.info

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