Plans for Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Points in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

More than 200 public electric vehicle charging points could be installed in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire by 2020 thanks to funding from national government.

Following a successful bid by Nottinghamshire County Council, together with Nottingham City and Derby City councils to the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for £6.1m, around £2m of this money could be used to install the network of around 230 charging points. Work is already underway to identify potential locations, assess their feasibility and install the equipment. It is currently proposed that many of the charging points are located in off-street car parks. The county council is also looking at the possibility of installing charging points at its own sites.

This comes of the back of government plans to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. The recently published Road to Zero strategy builds on this with an ambition to see at least half of new cars be ultra-low emission by 2030.

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: 'The objectives of the funding are to deliver significant air quality benefits, reduce carbon emissions and create ultra-low emission vehicle related growth opportunities for car manufacturing and businesses, both locally and beyond. The County Council is aiming to ensure that its residents and businesses can realise the benefits of the government plans by helping to deliver cleaner air, a better environment and growth within this economic sector.'

Other plans for the funding include providing grants, loans and advice to support businesses to introduce electric vehicle charging at workplaces, an expansion of the public sector’s electric vehicle fleet, and a programme of targeted promotional events.