Devon awarded more than £7m to deliver more EV charging points


Author: Mankirat Kaur

Devon been awarded more than £7m of Government funding to support its delivery of thousands of new, publicly accessible, EV charging points across the county over the next few years.

The capital funding comes from the Department for Transport’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund.

The fund aims to support the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across England, for drivers without off-street parking. and Devon have received one of the largest allocations in the country.

The announcement follows Devon’s adoption of the Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy last year.

In the strategy, Devon highlight that a key barrier to the uptake of EVs in Devon is the availability of suitable charging infrastructure, particularly in remote and rural areas.

To address this, the strategy recommends that Devon support the delivery of 2,000 more charging points by 2030.

It adds that there should be a particular focus on charging points on residential streets in rural and remote areas with electric grid constraints, where higher uptakes of EVs are forecast and communities without or with limited access to off-street parking.

The delivery of Devon’s LEVI scheme is set to begin in 2025 and will significantly expand on an already growing network of on and off-street EV charging points.

Two schemes Devon have led are due for completion this year and will deliver over 300 charging point sockets across Devon and Torbay.

The DELETTI project, part funded by The European Regional Development fund and working with local authority partners, will deliver charging points at over 100 car parks in areas including East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, Teignbridge, Torbay and West Devon.

While the on-street Rapid Charging Devon project, in partnership with and financed by the private sector, will result in charging points across 34 sites.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said: “I’m delighted that we have been awarded this significant grant which will be instrumental in helping the county’s transition to zero-emission vehicles.

“We declared a climate emergency in 2019 and drove the production of the Devon Carbon Plan which sets out what needs to be done for Devon to meet the net-zero challenge.

“On road transportation represents more than a quarter of Devon’s carbon emissions therefore the decarbonisation of transport is a crucial part of this response. This award will help us put these plans into action.”