Warwickshire commits to low-Carbon strategy

Warwickshire County Council has underlined its long-term commitment to the low-emission vehicle sector with an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy through to 2026.

The strategy, approved by cabinet, has been drawn up to enable the county to deliver infrastructure to meet increased demand for a network of public access Electric Vehicle points in the future.

The Coventry and Warwickshire region is globally renowned as a hotspot for low-emission vehicle excellence. So the county council is backing that sector with its full weight with the strategy which will be added as an addendum to the Local Transport Plan 2011-2026.

It is designed to provide the infrastructure necessary to enable residents, businesses and communities to regularly use electric vehicles confident that they will be able to recharge their vehicles quickly and conveniently.

This will also help to address local air quality issues caused by emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles. The Government has announced plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040.

Objectives in the strategy include:

* To support an integrated network of EV charge points

* To require private developers and landowners to provide EV charging

* To work with charge-point providers to trial new technologies such as on-street lamppost charging and in-town rapid-charging hubs.

Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Transport & Environment Jeff Clarke said: “It is vitally important that we have this long-term strategy in place. Warwickshire has a proud history of being at the forefront of the low-emission vehicle industry and this strategy will ensure that we remain there.

“It will support our industries in this sector while delivering huge environmental benefits. There are a lot of exciting times ahead in this sector with technology evolving all the time and that means there is a lot of work still do. This strategy will help us deliver real benefits for Warwickshire.”