People living in the West of England are being asked for their views on the future of the region’s electric vehicle charging network.
Bristol City Council has tasked Cenex and the Energy Saving Trust to run a survey and focus groups* to gauge public opinion about how the network should be run, managed and supported in the future. Anyone who currently uses the charging points, as well as people who would like to use electric vehicles in the future, are encouraged to respond.
Two years ago the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced that the four West of England authorities had been awarded £7.1million of funding over five years to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, across the region. OLEV’s ambition is to have virtually zero emissions on Britain’s roads by 2050.
As part of its Go Ultra-Low West (GULW) programme, this funding will be used to install around 200 electric vehicle charging points across Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Three new charging points in Bristol are being installed later in March in Bruswick Square, the Counterslip near Victoria Street and on Stuart Street. A full map of Bristol’s electric charge point network can be found on the Go Ultra Low West website.
The remaining charge points will be installed in locations identified as a result of the market research exercise.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy at Bristol City Council, said: “Bristol has a proud history of leading by example in the action against climate change and has committed to be a city that runs entirely on clean energy by 2050. As well as upgrading our own vehicle fleet, we’re determined to meet local demand for charge points to enable as many residents and businesses as possible to own and run electric vehicles in the future. We’re pleased that the OLEV funding will help us expand our network further.”
Luke Redfern, Business Development and Projects Manager at Cenex, said; “As one of the last few remaining free-for-use networks in the UK, the SourceWest charge point network has done an excellent job of supporting the uptake of low emissions vehicles in the region. To achieve the ambitious targets set by the council we recognise that more charge points are needed to reduce charging and range anxiety. This is an excellent opportunity, for both existing and potential new low emission vehicle drivers, to input into the future of this network, and help us identify locations that will help electric vehicle driver numbers increase, and ultimately improve air quality across the West of England.”
The online survey asks questions related to how the network is run, accessed, experiences, and people’s driving habits, such as vehicle type, mileage etc. The survey is live until Friday 9 March.
Focus groups will be held during the week of 19 February 2018 and anyone interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org.