Connected Kerb is to install 1,000 electric vehicle chargers across Gloucestershire as part of a three year project.
More than 20 sites were chosen to be part of the first phase of the rollout after residents were invited to give their feedback and work started on the first five sites around the county earlier this month.
The first five sites are in: Stroud Road, Gloucester; Churchill Road, Gloucester; Abbey Terrace, Winchcombe; Elwyn Road, Cheltenham; Church Street, Newent.
Work is expected to take about three weeks to complete and the chargepoints are due to be operational in the week commencing 6th November.
The programme is part of the county council’s strategy to tackle the climate emergency, helping Gloucestershire to reduce the impact of transport on our climate and improve local air quality. The scheme is funded by the county council and the Department for Transport’s On Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS).
Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that the rollout for our electric vehicle charging points has now started. Electric vehicles reduce emissions and noise pollution, as well as improve air quality. These charging points will provide accessible facilities for residents who do not have off-street parking and help to create a greener Gloucestershire.”
These new chargepoints will be installed in public areas, giving residents greater confidence that they will be able to charge their EV either near their home, while working or when out and about in the county.
Around one third of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Gloucestershire comes from transport and private vehicle use accounts for over half of this (55 per cent). However switching from fossil fuel to electric vehicles has the potential to reduce these figures significantly.
The county council has appointed Connected Kerb to install and run its network of chargers. Residents can share their views on where they think new charging points should be located by registering their interest here.
Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, said: “Local communities are the beating heart of the EV transition which is why listening to their feedback on EV charging proposals is so important. Our aim is make EV charging inclusive, reliable and convenient for everyone, particularly residents without a driveway, so all input is invaluable. This is a great project that will encourage further EV uptake and accelerate Gloucestershire’s efforts to tackle climate change.”