Council leading the charge for electric vehicle plans

Telford & Wrekin Council’s electric vehicle (EV) charging strategy, has set out the pathway to support EV users with accessible charge points across the Borough with an initial £100,000 investment.

Council leading the charge for electric vehicle plans

The strategy, submitted to cabinet today (Thursday, July 14) supports the council’s climate change plan by encouraging the roll out of EV through a charging network to improve residents’ quality of life through noise reduction and further improved air quality. 

By the end of 2021, there were 1,613 EV registered in the borough and last year saw the biggest UK annual increase in the number of registrations, with more than 395,000 battery-electric cars registered, showing a growth of 92 per cent on 2020. *

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport, Councillor Richard Overton (Labour) said: “As a council on the side of our residents, we’re investing £100,000 into more electric vehicle charging points so that EV becomes a more attractive option allowing people to charge up across the borough. 

“Our strategy will follow our cooperative approach to working closely with charge point operators, business and residents to ensure the roll out of EV points meets demand at the scale and pace of growth needed for Telford.

“This will help people to make the switch to electric, reduce our carbon emissions and keep our air cleaner. We’re aiming to get the new points installed by the end of the year.”

Telford & Wrekin Council currently operates six EVs with a further seven due to arrive soon The council is committed to creating a sustainable future for the borough and will work with residents and workplaces to install charge points where a need is identified and help identify suitable grants to achieve the Council’s ambitions of being net zero by 2030.