Project aims to make Electric Vehicles accessible
North Norfolk District Council’s Lib Dem controlled Cabinet approved a proposal which will see the installation of Electric Vehicle Chargepoints (EVCs) in 7 car parks across the District.
The project, estimated to cost around £250,000, will be funded jointly by the Council and The Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV), a cross-Government team which aims to promote the use of electric vehicles by helping councils to provide the necessary infrastructure to allow their introduction.
Subject to the OLEV funding, it is expected that EVCs will be installed in NNDC owned car parks in Sheringham, Cromer, Holt, Fakenham, Wells and North Walsham, as well as some at the Council offices in Cromer. The installation should be complete by spring 2020.
The proposal aims to meet the expected rise in demand for electric vehicles from 200,000 to 6 million on the road by 2030. It has been identified that most current Electric Vehicle users will charge their vehicles at home. By installing these facilities in areas where many nearby properties do not have their own off-street parking, the Council aims to provide charging points and make EVs more accessible to all residents and visitors. Additionally, the proposal will support the economies of local towns as the charging points will be available to visitors to Council car parks, as well as residents.
The project forms part of NNDC’s commitment to environmental sustainability, with the Council seeking to make its own operations carbon neutral by 2030.
Cllr Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “We are delighted to bring forward this new initiative which will see 38 Electric Vehicle Chargepoints introduced across the District. This is just the first step on the Council’s path towards delivering our new ‘greener’ agenda. Whilst we are working to reduce our own Carbon footprints we want to help residents and visitors to play their part too.”