Western Power Distribution (WPD) has announced EV charging plans, making it easier for public charge point operators to connect units to the grid.
The latest version of its electric vehicle strategy sees plans to enable faster roll-out of charge points across the UK. One of the ways it will do this is to offer EV charge point operators back-to-back leases where appropriate.
WPD – the electricity distribution network operator (DNO) for the Midlands, South West, and South Wales – is also working with motorway service operators to develop charging solutions at roadside fuel filling stations.
Having worked on Phase 1 of the UK Government’s Project Rapid, helping roll-out rapid chargers at motorway services, Phase 2 sees WPD set to work on further installations.
This includes a trial project at a Moto Services that will see rapid charging infrastructure using new technology that dramatically reduces the space required by current chargers.
WPD has also outlined plans to support domestic EV charge point solutions, with a series of network improvement projects for home charger installations.
With increasing on-street charging infrastructure, WPD will also change the way it provides electricity to street furniture such as lamp-posts. It is working on a solution to make sure existing cables are ready for future charging demands.
WPD’s DSO development manager Paul Jewell said: “Our updated strategy details how we are making EV charger connections on our network easier and quicker. Over the next 12 months, our planned innovation projects will see the roll out of industry-leading charging solutions for both domestic and non-domestic settings.
“Our EV strategy shows we have the solutions to make EV charging quick and effective for customers. We are working hard alongside industry, Government and stakeholders to ensure that everyone who wants an EV charger can get one.”
Find out more about WPD’s updated electric vehicle strategy here.