Charge up the conversation on electric vehicle charging in the city
Published: 27 September 2023
Derby residents are being encouraged to share their thoughts on new electric vehicle chargers in the city.
Earlier this month it was announced that Derby City Council, along with 12 other Local Transport Authorities had collaborated with Midlands Connect to apply for £39.3million from the Government’s LEVI fund. Now the Council is asking residents to have their say about new electric vehicle chargers planned for the city.
Electric vehicles play a major part in making transport more sustainable. Increasing the number of charge points will build on the range of sustainable transport options already available within the city, giving residents greater choice. The use of electric vehicles also helps to reduce pollution, particularly in residential areas.
The public consultation, which is open until Friday 3 November, asks residents to give their views on electric vehicle charging infrastructure in their local area, as well as share their thoughts on the type and location of new electric vehicle chargers which will be introduced across the city.
The Government’s LEVI Fund supports local authorities in England to plan and deliver electric charge points for residents without off street parking.
Councillor Carmel Swan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainability said:
We’re on a mission to make sustainable travel, such as the use of electric vehicles, as easy as possible for residents.
From January to March this year, 114,000 plug-in vehicles were registered for the first time in the UK. This is an increase of 13% on the previous quarter, which shows us that drivers are choosing to switch to plug-in vehicles. By bringing more electric vehicle charging points into the city, we hope to give residents greater choice when it comes to making decisions about transport, particularly those who don’t have access to off street parking.
To do this, it is essential that we understand the views and needs of residents, so I’d encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation to help inform our decisions.
Increasing the number of charging points in the city also supports our ambition to become net zero by 2035, reducing pollution and creating a cleaner and healthier environment for everyone.
Residents’ consultation responses will be used alongside several other factors - such as already established demand, availability of electricity and local parking pressures - to determine the locations and types of new electric vehicle chargers.
More detailed information can be found on the Let’s Talk Derby website. The consultation is now open and will close at on Friday 3 November at midnight.