Electric vehicle charging sites investigation to begin
1 November 2019
We have taken a step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the area.
Our Cabinet this week approved investigation into the feasibility of installing at least seven electric vehicle charging points in residential areas where no off-street charging is currently available.
We applied for and were granted £187,640 to fund an 18-month-long community-focussed research project to identify charging sites.
We are part of a successful partnership funding award from Innovate UK which has secured £3.4m for the Scaling On-Street Charging Infrastructure (SOSCI) scheme. Throughout the UK, 12 projects will ultimately share £37 million funding aimed at revolutionising the experience of owning an electric vehicle in the UK.
Councillor Dyan Jones, Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Localism, told Cabinet on Wednesday that the project had the potential to address the climate emergency, encourage sustainable development, improve air quality and improve public health.
She said: "It’s clear from Climate Conversations held over the summer that there is a growing interest in electric vehicles and council has been actively engaged and anticipates further working with partners to provide greater access to electric vehicle charging points across South Lakeland."
She added: "Doing it this way empowers communities in an effective, efficient and collaborative way, targeting best locations with decisions based on evidence-led behaviour.
"Feasibility studies into several specific charging points installed across South Lakeland would then lead to further identifying the potential for more points."
A report before the meeting said the project had the potential to increase the take-up of electric vehicles, progressively address the causes and impacts of climate change and encourage residents to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save money on fuel costs, as well as reduce pollution emissions from combustion engines.