Electric vehicles

Public charge points in Warwickshire

These can be found – www.zap-map.com

Some car parks provide free electricity, but you have to pay for parking, others charge for both parking and electricity use. For the latest information it’s best to visit the website of the organisation that manages the car park you wish to use.

We are currently developing a Strategy which is due to be published in November 2017. This outlines how we plan to roll out infrastructure across the County.


Grants

There is currently a grant available for residents who have a private drive.

The grants currently available are detailed on GOV.UK – Office of Low Emission Vehicles.

Some electric vehicle charge point suppliers will supply a home charging point for free with the OLEV grant.


On-street residential Chargepoint Scheme

At present, we do not plan to roll out on street residential charging.

The current grant available only covers 75% of the implementation costs and due to the time and resource required to carry out the necessary traffic regulation orders, residential chargers are not viewed as the most productive use of resource.

Furthermore, given that on street parking is generally at capacity close to town centres, providing restricted EV bays which may, or may not be utilised could generate animosity in a neighbourhood. Therefore, rather than respond to individual requests, we envisage working with the private sector to provide some Rapid Chargers on the outskirts of town for residents without private parking to use on their way to, or from home.

However, we are committed to trialling new technology. Street light column charging could provide an option for the County to provide residential on street charging without the necessity to dedicate the parking as Electric Vehicle Only. Therefore, if this is of interest, please do get in touch and let us know the name and location of your street.


Buying an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)

ULEVs are broken down into three main types:

  1. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) – these rely solely on battery power and can travel between 100 and 300 miles on a single charge. Current examples seen on our roads include the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and the Tesla S saloon. 2015 saw a 48 per cent increase in pure electric registrations compared to 2014.
  2. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) – these employ a conventional petrol, or diesel engine alongside an electric motor. They have a relatively short range on electric power (20-40 miles) but the use of both drive systems can return figures in excess of 130 miles per gallon equivalent. Examples include the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, the newer Toyota Prius PHEV and the BMW i8 sports car. 2015 saw a 137 per cent increase in plug in-hybrid registrations compared to 2014.
  3. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) – still currently at a development stage with limited production due to the difficulties of hydrogen production, storage and refuelling.

If you do not have a private drive, a PHEV may be your best option at present, as you can make use of the public charging network to charge your vehicle.


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