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An update on EV charging infrastructure progress

Meeting: 10/04/2024 - Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 5)

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Presented by Sebastian Burch (Strategy and Policy Officer) who covered the following points.

 

·       Identified that there was a need to support residents with the increase of EV cars on the roads and therefore reduce emission in the County.

·       Delivered 79 charging points across the County during the period 20/21 when funding was received.

·       It was identified that there was a disparity of areas that were provided EV charging points.

·       Funding of £3.3m from Central Government had been allocated to Warwickshire and in partnership with 14 other councils across the Midlands, under Midlands Connect this would be put towards the installation of more charging points.

·       To ensure that these installations were distributed evenly over the county, in identifying the correct locations for installation rather than installing in areas that were easier.

·       Potential opportunities in EV charging have been identified. A Lamp Column Trial was to take place in Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon. A pop-up style charger was to be trialled in areas across the county but had been delayed.

·       The EV Strategy Infrastructure was in the process of being reviewed. This was produced in 2017 and the deadline runs till 2026 and therefore it needed to be reviewed and updated.

 

In response to Councillor Fradgley, Sebastian Burch advised that the Council had always looked at new products as they came up and there was continued discussions about innovations currently in the market. In answering Councillor Fradgley’s supplementary question, Sebastian Burch stated that the cost of any infrastructure installed would need to be thoroughly explored.

 

There was a general discussion around providing infrastructure to residents and the need to ensure that any scheme put in place was future proofed.

 

In response to Councillor Pemberton, Sebastian Burch advised that this was something he was monitoring closely. There were groups and forums for officers in all authorities who are engaged in the EV industry with a number of best practice discussions happening. The Chair made a comparison between the costs of installing a gully charging option at a resident’s property to installing a dropped curb. Councillor Matecki agreed that this is an option that was being investigated.

 

In response to Councillor Pemberton’s supplementary question, Sebastian Burch advised that the policy which had come into effect on March 2024 would give the ability to change the traffic regulation order (TRO) for charging points. However, as this could only be changed once per year, the decision was being made as to when this would be done. The disparity of charger infrastructure (as per table 4.2) does not fully capture the full infrastructure network, as Warwickshire County Council (WCC) isn’t the only group installing chargers. WCC should have a role but not be leaders in this, this should be up to the private sector.

 

In response to Councillor Pemberton supplementary question, Sebastian Burch agreed that it would be beneficial to show the whole picture including private charging points and he would include this and circulated to members.

 

Councillor Gilbert commented on other avenues  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5