Provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure within Staffordshire
We recognise the significant benefits of electric vehicles, particularly in relation to air quality, public health and the reduction of carbon emissions, and that usage of electric vehicles by residents, and demand for charging infrastructure, are increasing.
We want to see a coordinated network of charging points across the county that will give residents and visitors the confidence to use electric vehicles. To achieve this, we are developing a strategy that will define the role of the County Council and evaluate the options for a public charging network. Borough and District councils will also be looking at developing their own strategies for electric vehicles and off-street car parks.
Developing the strategy
There are a number of questions that need to be considered when developing this strategy, before public charging points can be introduced into Staffordshire on a widespread basis. These include:
- which type of charging points are most needed, rapid (around 40 minutes) or fast (4-6 hours to full charge), and how many?
- where should they be located to provide the greatest possible benefit to users? for example workplace parking or residential streets where there is no off-street parking?
- should the network of public charge points be owned and managed by the county council or another organisation? How will they be funded and maintained?
- should parking spaces be reserved for electric vehicles?
- will there be an impact on the electricity network in Staffordshire?
A study was commissioned by us (part funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) on the opportunities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure provision. This has provided key strategy recommendations and will enable an action plan to be developed and informed decisions to be made regarding the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the region.
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Types of electric vehicles
Electric vehicle charging