The UK’s largest rollout of public electric vehicle (EV) charging is due to take place in the county of Surrey thanks to Connected Kerb and Surrey County Council’s plans to deliver 10,000 public chargers by 2030.
The charging points will be spread across 1,500 locations to help accelerate EV uptake in the area. They will include chargers on residential streets and in car parks, as well as wall-mounted chargers throughout housing developments.
Indeed, Connected Kerb’s on-street ‘Chameleon’ charger has been designed specifically to cater to those with accessibility needs. The company’s ambition is to make one in five EV charging bays accessible to drivers with disabilities, in recognition of the need to make EV adoption a practical reality for the 2.35 million blue badge holders on UK roads.
“If one local authority can deliver such a significant boost to the UK’s charging network, just imagine what we could achieve by 2030 if every city, county, and combined authority was empowered to do the same,” said Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb.
“The recent Net Zero Review was clear – local authorities can become the driving force behind the rollout of charging infrastructure across the country, and our partnership with Surrey County Council is case and point.”
Connected Kerb is on a high growth trajectory following a £110 million investment from Aviva Investors to deliver 190,000 charge points before 2030 – 63% of the UK government’s 300,000 charge point estimate.
As an enabler for central government, local authorities, commercial and residential developers to reach net zero targets, soon-to-be Zap-Pay partner Connected Kerb is on track to dramatically accelerate public charging infrastructure around the UK.
“If local authorities are the door to a clean transport future, then charging networks like Connected Kerb are the key, providing the tools and expertise needed to unlock the transition at the pace and scale required to reach net zero,” Pateman-Jones continued.
“Although the Government’s estimate of 300,000 chargers by 2030 may feel ambitious, it’s eminently possible – and necessary – to achieve; this deal proves it.”
Connected Kerb will install chargers at 1,500 locations in Surrey.
Currently there is only one charge point per 9,000 residents in Surrey, and the partnership expects to deliver over 5,000 fast charging points by 2027, which will include over 500 rapid charging points.
“High-quality, reliable, and accessible charging infrastructure is critical to accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles across the county and serving the needs of all our local communities,” said Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Growth at Surrey County Council.
“Surrey County Council has a commitment to be a carbon net zero county by 2050, and a large part of us achieving that comes from supporting residents to make the switch to electric vehicles.