Electric vehicles

Public charge points in Warwickshire

The locations of public charge-points in Warwickshire can be found at www.zap-map.com. Zap-map will tell you the provider of the charge-point, the type of charge, its availability and if there is an utilisation fee.

If a charge-point is located in car park, these are sometimes free to use, however you may have to pay for parking. Some car parks 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.

To view Warwickshire County Council’s EV Charging Infrastructure Strategy, which outlines how the County Council proposes to support electric vehicle (EV) use, please see Warwickshire EV Charging Infrastructure Strategy (PDF, 1 MB)


Grants

There are currently a number of different charge-point grants available by Government, which are detailed on the Office for Low Emission Vehicle (OLEV) website. The grants by OLEV can be found at GOV.UK – Office of Low Emission Vehicles.

Some EV charge-point suppliers will provide a home charging point for free with the OLEV grant.


On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme

The On-street Residential Charge-point Scheme (ORCS) initially launched by OLEV in late 2016 offers funding to a Local Authority (LA) to deliver on-street residential charging points. The funding is for 75% of the cost of supplying and installing the charge-point up to the amount of £7,500 but capped at £100,000.

In early 2018, OLEV announced that it would be extending its ORCS funding to provide charge-points in LA owned car parks.

WCC is exploring opportunities to install charging points within LA owned car parks, including working with our partners at the Districts and Boroughs. WCC feels that this is a better use of funding as it means that we can provide charging points that are situated in or near our town centres and will be available for both residents and visitors 24/7.

At this time WCC is not pursuing on-street charging points on residential streets due to the following reasons:

  • In many locations lighting columns are located at the rear of the footway, making them unsuitable for utilising for charging;
  • Lighting columns are, in many cases not suitable for the required upgrade;
  • The need for dedicated EV bays on-street in locations where residential on-street parking is already at a premium compounds parking issues. Providing designated EV parking bays would demand a Traffic Regulation Order and once in place this would need to be enforced. Both of these require our resources; and
  • The cost of installation and ongoing maintenance of on-street charge-points

Rapid chargers

Some charge-point suppliers are offering to supply and install (at no cost to the LA) rapid charge-points at locations near to the strategic road network. The County Council has identified a number of locations where these could be installed.


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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