Plymouth rolls out £225k investment for EV charging project

The new EV charging infrastructure aims to offer access to nearly 40% of Plymouth households that do not have access to off-street parking

Plymouth City Council has unveiled plans for new electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, following a £225,000 grant it has secured from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles.

The investment will see 50 on-street EV charge points installed to offer access to nearly 40% of Plymouth households, which currently do not have access to off-street parking.

The charge points, which are set to be installed next year, will be fitted on streets which are used by residents, rather than in public car parks.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said: “We know not everyone has an EV and we know that now, in 2020, not everyone can afford one, either.

“But we know that EVs are the future and we have to be ready. We have to make it as easy as possible for people to transition if we’re going to take the climate emergency seriously.”

The local authority, which estimates 30% of Plymouth‘s carbon dioxide emissions come from transport, declared a climate emergency in 2019.

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