West Sussex has initiated what it claims will be the largest-ever local authority rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the UK.
It follows a contract signed between West Sussex County Council, Adur and Worthing Councils, Arun District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council and Mid Sussex District Council and Connected kerb to install “thousands” of charging points across the county.
Councillors and representatives from Connected Kerb gathered at Hazelgrove Road Car Park at Haywards Heath to mark the rollout this week, which will take place over the next decade.
The company is fully funding the project and will also manage the chargers on an ongoing basis.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said: “This is a milestone moment for the county as these charge points are the first of many to be installed across West Sussex, servicing residents’ electric vehicle charging needs. “They offer people without off-street parking convenient and reliable charging as they will be sited both within car parks and on-street.
“We know that some residents have hesitated to make the switch to electric vehicles because of a lack of public charge points: we hope this launch will encourage them to reconsider, make the change and in turn, have a positive impact on carbon emissions and air quality.”