Buckinghamshire Council has received just over £70,000 in funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to support the installation of new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Wendover.
The money will be used as match-funding for the council's existing £110,000 investment in their Wendover EV pilot scheme, which aims to promote the use of EVs in the area.
The EV pilot scheme will include the installation of approximately 10 on-street lamppost/bollard-style charging points, and around 10 in-pavement cable channels. Both options will offer slow charging suitable for overnight charging of EVs.
As well as providing EV drivers in Wendover with access to on-street charging, the scheme will also reduce the town’s carbon emissions and help improve the air quality.
“We’re thrilled to receive this new funding from OZEV, which will enable us to expand our EV pilot scheme in Wendover," said Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport. "By piloting options for on-street EV charging, we’re supporting our EV Action Plan and our Climate Change & Air Quality Strategy.”
Steven added: “We’re committed to promoting sustainable transportation and reducing carbon emissions across the county, and the new EV charging infrastructure in Wendover is an important part of our broader efforts.”
Buckinghamshire Council is aiming to install the new charging points and cable channels this summer, following procurement and licensing. The council will monitor and evaluate their use, impact and performance for a minimum of two years after installation.
The in-pavement cable channels are being installed to ensure pedestrian safety, preventing trip hazards from trailing cables across pavements. This will enable homeowners who do not have access to a private driveway to charge their EVs on-street in an easily accessible way.
For more information about the EV pilot scheme and the council's ambitious EV Action Plan, please visit Buckinghamshire Council’s website.