Funding secured for residential electric vehicle charging

The Government has confirmed that Essex County Council (ECC) will be awarded £236,000 as part of the electric vehicle (EV) residential charge point scheme.

Approximately 60 charging points will be installed in 30 locations across the county from summer 2023 onwards and supports ECC’s ambition for Essex to become safer, greener and healthier.

EV charging at home usually takes place off-street in garages and driveways.

However, in many parts of the UK, off-street parking is unavailable so by installing charge points on-street or in public car parks, residents without off-street parking can enjoy the convenience and value of charging their electric vehicles at home.

Tracey Vickers, Essex County Council’s Head of Sustainable Transport, said: “In a rural county, the car is always going to need to be part of the solution for necessary journeys.

“This grant will allow trial charge points in different types of rural and urban locations to understand what works where.

“As more residents use electric vehicles, communities will benefit from improved air quality and lower their carbon footprint helping Essex to become safer, greener and healthier.”

The locations for the charge points have been chosen and were submitted as part of the bid. However ECC will be looking at more extensive provision across the county as part of different scheme, called LEVI, which will start later in the year.

The grant funding has been made awarded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and will be administered by the Energy Saving Trust. ECC will be publishing their EV strategy later this year.