The installation of 1,000 Connected Kerb electric vehicle (EV) charging points began in Gloucestershire at the end of August.
The first 26 locations have been chosen after letters were sent to residents inviting their feedback, the rollout of the total 1,000 charge points will take place over the next three years.
Gloucestershire County Council have listened to public feedback and made changes to the proposals in light of the responses given. To ensure value for money, it is choosing to install two twin charge points in many of the locations, enabling the simultaneous charging of four EVs.
The programme is part of the county council’s strategy to tackle the climate emergency, helping Gloucestershire to reduce the impact of transport on our climate and improve local air quality.
The scheme is funded by the county council and the Department for Transport’s On Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS).
The county council has appointed Connected Kerb to install and run its network of chargers. Residents can share their views on where they think new charging points should be located by registering their interest here.
You can pay for your Connected Kerb charging sessions easily with Zap-Pay, from within the Zapmap app. There are many payment options including credit or debit card, and Apple Pay and Android Pay. Zap-Pay lets you see the live status of your charge from anywhere, and stores all of your receipts to access at any time.
“I’m delighted that the rollout for our electric vehicle charging points is about to get under way,” said Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning at Gloucestershire County Council.
“Electric vehicles reduce emissions and noise pollution, as well as improving air quality.
“These charging points will help to provide accessible facilities for residents who do not have off-street parking and create a greener Gloucestershire.”
About one third of residential properties in Gloucestershire have no off-street parking for charging an EV at home. The new charge points will be installed in public areas, allowing residents access to charge their EV either near their home, whilst working or when out and about in the county.
“Local communities are the beating heart of the EV transition which is why listening to their feedback on EV charging proposals is so important,” said Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb.
“Our aim is to make EV charging inclusive, reliable and convenient for everyone, particularly residents without a driveway, so all input is invaluable.
“This is a great project that will encourage further EV uptake and accelerate Gloucestershire’s efforts to tackle climate change.”