Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Cornwall Expands Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure with Over 180 New Charging Points

    Cornwall Council has successfully installed over 180 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in 35 county council-owned car parks, bringing the total number of charging units across Cornwall to over 500. This accomplishment is part of the Drive EV2 project, a joint effort by the council to improve the county’s EV charging infrastructure and increase access for residents.

    The original goal of the project was to establish 150 charging points, but it has now exceeded expectations with 184 fully operational units. With the new additions, the council aims to expand the charging network into rural areas and locations that have limited charging coverage.

    These charge points are crucial for Cornwall’s transition to a more sustainable transportation system. Richard Pears, the council’s cabinet transport portfolio holder, emphasizes the importance of installing units in areas where private sector chargers are unlikely to be available. By doing so, they ensure that people living in rural communities have equal access to charging infrastructure.

    Martyn Alvey, the council’s cabinet portfolio holder for environment and climate change, highlights the role of road transport in Cornwall’s carbon emissions. With the increasing number of electric vehicles on the roads, it is crucial for the infrastructure to keep up with the demand. The expansion of the EV charging network will not only support existing EV owners but also encourage more residents to transition to electric vehicles.

    The project has received significant funding from the European Regional Development Fund, totaling up to £3.6 million. This financial support has been instrumental in bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

    As the UK aims to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, Cornwall’s progress in expanding its EV charging infrastructure is a step in the right direction. Through the Drive EV2 project, Cornwall Council is actively promoting sustainable transportation and contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions in the region.

    – Cornwall Council