Liverpool City Council has appointed ubitricity, a wholly owned Shell subsidiary, to install a network of 300 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge points, with the locations chosen by residents and businesses.
The additional charge points are set to treble Liverpool City Council’s existing network of 150 charge points to 450. This would make Liverpool the authority with the third largest public charging network in the UK, behind London and Coventry.
The rollout comes as part of a two-part project, which will see ubitricity take over the repair of Liverpool’s existing charging infrastructure and then rollout more charge points to help enable residents to make the switch to electric vehicles.
The new ubitricity charge points, which are installed directly into existing street lampposts, charge at a speed of up to 5kW and take just under 2 hours to install. The rollout is planned for key residential and commercial locations, allowing residents to easily charge pure-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the street where they live.
After Liverpool City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, it unveiled its 2030 Net Zero Liverpool Action Plan which laid out a roadmap to tackle its carbon footprint. One of the key aims of this plan, which also includes developing the city’s cycling and walking infrastructure, was to reduce carbon emissions from transport in Liverpool.
“I’m delighted we’ve begun to install this new network of EV charge points as it provides a huge boost in tackling poor air quality and reducing the city’s carbon footprint,” said Cllr Dan Barrington, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Highways for Liverpool City Council.
“This programme puts down a real mark of intent to provide the necessary infrastructure to help the move away from petrol and diesel powered cars.
“The fact that the roll-out is being led by community requests means the points are going where the demand is needed most which means they’ll be getting maximum usage. And hopefully the demand will grow meaning the need for more charging points to be installed.”
By investing in charging infrastructure, Liverpool City Council is looking to address disparity in EV adoption and take a big step towards achieving its carbon net zero target by 2030.
ubitricity is to install an additional 300 on-street EV charging points in Liverpool.
Liverpool’s goal is to make EV charging accessible for everyone, with a particular focus on residents who do not have access to private off-street parking and charging. The rollout is led by community requests, with the Liverpool City Council receiving more than 10 requests a week for new public charge points.
“By creating such a large and accessibly public network, Liverpool City Council is paving the way for the residents of Liverpool who want to switch to EV,” said Toby Butler, UK managing director of ubitricity, which operates around 6,000 charging devices in the UK.
“Liverpool is investing in an impressive on-street electric vehicle charging network, making the transition to EV much more accessible to their residents. In line with their plans to reach Net Zero by 2030 Liverpool is helping to lead the country in decarbonising their roads and improving air quality.”
ubitricity first appeared on Liverpool’s streets in 2018. Having taken over the maintenance contract, ubitricity is looking to dramatically improve the reliability of the existing charge points.
The rollout of the new charge points began in late September 2022 and is set to complete in Spring 2023.