Plan for dozens of electric car charging points across Plymouth
Plymouth City Council is asking local residents and businesses for their views on a new strategy aimed at increasing the use of low-emission vehicles.
The draft Cleaner Vehicles Strategy has been drawn up to encourage greater use and ownership of low-emission and electric cars, reduce pollution and help achieve the city’s carbon reduction targets.
The use of electric vehicles is expected to increase significantly in the UK over the next five to 10 years, with Government investment in programmes such as Plugged-in-Places, which will see 8,500 car charging points installed in eight key areas. It is predicted that by 2020, 12 per cent of all new cars bought will be electric.
The Council is proposing to provide similar facilities in Plymouth, with a network of charging points at sites with high numbers of car visitors and where vehicles are parked for a long time. It is hoped that these charging points will be delivered in three phases between now and 2026.
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Phase one will focus on city centre car parks, phase two at the city’s park and ride sites and phase three will include Derriford Hospital, the railway station and the district centres of Plympton and Plymstock.
Major supermarkets will also be encouraged to provide charging points for customers, as they have elsewhere in the country and new developments will be expected to provide facilities where appropriate.
Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “By providing a citywide network of charging points we will not only be helping to reduce Plymouth’s own carbon emissions, but also ensuring that it remains connected with the rest of the country as demand for electric vehicles grows. We want as many residents and businesses as possible to share their views on our proposals, which aim to ensure Plymouth is seen as an electric car-friendly destination.”
The draft Cleaner Vehicle Strategy is available to view on the Council’s website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/cvs. If you’d like to request a hard copy call 01752 668000 or email email@example.com. Consultation will run until Friday 1 March and comments can be made online, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to CVS consultation, Transport Strategy, Plymouth City Council, Civic Centre, Plymouth PL1 2AA.
Feedback will be used to agree the final version of the strategy, which will become a supporting document to Plymouth’s Local Transport Plan.