The West Midlands will get a significant boost to its residential charging infrastructure. This follows Warwickshire County Council’s award of a £584,000 contract to bp pulse.
A total of 118 new 7.4kW on-street chargers will be installed across North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stratford-on-Avon, and Warwick. As part of the bp pulse network, these chargers will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis or there’s a membership available for reduced charging costs and user support.
These new chargers will be installed by bp pulse. This is thanks to a successful bid to the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) for £412,500, run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles. It will fund up to 75% of the cost, with match funding provided by bp pulse to cover the remaining cost. This is a great opportunity for Warwickshire to improve its charging infrastructure.
ORCS provides on-street charging for those that don’t have a drive or other off-street are to install a home charger. With on-street charging available in residential areas, this makes EV ownership possible for a wider range of people.
Matteo de Renzi, CEO of bp pulse, said:
“We are proud to work with Warwickshire County Council to help enable more drivers to make the switch to electric, importantly including those without access to off-street parking at home. This partnership is a great example of private and public sector collaboration, and of our commitment to help local authorities develop charging infrastructure that meets the needs of their communities, contributing to reducing local emissions and improving air quality.”
As well as in on-street locations, some chargers will also be installed at council-owned residential car parks.
Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for heritage, culture and the environment at Warwickshire County Council, said:
“We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint in Warwickshire with a view to the county being carbon neutral by 2030. The shift towards electric vehicles is integral to that so we are pleased to support the initiative and build up the EV charging point infrastructure throughout Warwickshire.”
The 118 chargers should be fully installed by March 2021.