Over £70,000 in funding has been allocated from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to support the installation of new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Wendover.
The money, which was secured by Buckinghamshire Council, will be used as match-funding for the council’s existing £110,000 investment in their Wendover EV pilot scheme, which aims to promote the use of EVs in the area.
The EV pilot scheme will include the installation of approximately 10 on-street lamppost / bollard-style charging points and around 10 in-pavement cable channels. Both options will offer slow charging suitable for overnight charging of EVs.
As well as providing EV drivers in Wendover with access to on-street charging, the scheme will also reduce the town’s carbon emissions and help improve the air quality.
Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘We’re thrilled to receive this new funding from OZEV, which will enable us to expand our EV pilot scheme in Wendover.
By piloting options for on-street EV charging, we’re supporting our EV Action Plan and our Climate Change & Air Quality Strategy.
We’re committed to promoting sustainable transportation and reducing carbon emissions across the county, and the new EV charging infrastructure in Wendover is an important part of our broader efforts.‘
Buckinghamshire Council is aiming to install the new charging points and cable channels during summer 2023, following procurement and licensing. The council will monitor and evaluate their use, impact and performance for a minimum of two years after installation.
The in-pavement cable channels are being installed to ensure pedestrian safety, preventing trip hazards from trailing cables across pavements. This will enable home-owners who do not have access to a private driveway to charge their EVs on-street in an easily accessible way.
Further information about the EV pilot scheme and Buckinghamshire Council’s ambitious EV Action Plan can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website.
*Source of information : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.