Council secures further £1.9m for hundreds of new on-street EV charging points


Author: Mankirat Kaur

Buckinghamshire Council will be extensively increasing electric vehicle charging access.

In areas across the county where there is little off-street parking available, Buckinghamshire Council will use £1,991,000 in funding recently granted from the UK Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) capital fund.

Residents and businesses who have private parking can already access funding support from Government via their Homecharge and Workplace Charging schemes. LEVI aims to support those who cannot install their own charge points at home and so will enable more people to be able to make the switch to EVs.

There are currently 294 publicly-accessible EV charge points in Buckinghamshire, owned by various operators. The new LEVI-funded installation programme will help Buckinghamshire work towards a target of 1,000 publicly-accessible charge points by the end of 2027, as set out in the Buckinghamshire Council’s 5-year Action Plan.

The new LEVI funding builds on the Council’s earlier successes with the Wendover electric vehicle charging trial that is already underway and the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) funded charge points in 20 Buckinghamshire Council car parks, providing 160 EV-only charging spaces. This year the Council has also recruited 2 new EV focused officers to help continue to develop and deliver these projects.

Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “It’s excellent to hear that we’ve been successful in our funding bid to further support the installation of hundreds of new charge points across Buckinghamshire. This funding will ensure the rollout continues at pace, with those without access to off-street parking benefiting hugely.

“It will not only help us work towards reaching our target of 1,000 publicly-accessible EV charging spaces in the county by 2027, but it’s also another great example of the extent of the work we’re doing to tackle climate change here in Buckinghamshire.”