Major boost for EV charging in Warwickshire
More than 100 extra electric vehicle charging points are to go live in Warwickshire, following the county council’s award of a £584,000 contract to BP Pulse.
A total of 118 new 7.4kW charging points will be installed across North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick. The new charging points will be installed in council-owned residential car parks and on-street locations by March 2021, and will be accessible via the BP Pulse network on either a pay-as-you-go or membership basis, and supported by BP Pulse.
Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for heritage, culture and the environment at Warwickshire County Council, said: “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint in Warwickshire with a view to the county being carbon-neutral by 2030. The shift towards electric vehicles is integral to that so we are pleased to support the initiative and build up the EV charging point infrastructure throughout Warwickshire.”
The charge points are being deployed follows the council’s successful bid to the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) for £412,500. The ORCS scheme is run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, which will fund up to 75% of the cost, with match funding provided by BP Pulse to cover the remaining cost.
Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Pulse, said: “We are proud to work with Warwickshire County Council to help enable more drivers to make the switch to electric, importantly including those without access to off-street parking at home. This partnership is a great example of private and public sector collaboration, and of our commitment to help local authorities develop charging infrastructure that meets the needs of their communities, contributing to reducing local emissions and improving air quality.”