New EV charging points expand accessibility in Lincoln


Author: Mankirat Kaur

The installation comes as a result of City of Lincoln Council being awarded a grant in February 2023 by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) as part of their On Street Resident Charge Point Scheme along with match funding from Connected Kerb.

A total of 38 EV charging sockets (19 dual charge points) have been installed so far at the locations aimed to help residents who live in areas of the city with limited off-street parking. They provide a practical solution for overnight charging offering a lower cost alternative to the super rapid charge points found at retail parks and motorway service which are best used for quick top up charging.

The new Connected Kerb EV charging bays are currently mixed use due to the pressure on parking during the day in all of our car parks, however this will be kept under review subject to demand on the charging points.  Residents with resident parking permits will be able to park for free in all council car parks (except Central)  between 6pm – 8am, Monday- Saturday and all day on Sunday.  Residents with electric vehicles are entitled to a 50% discount on their residents parking permit.

Four additional EV charging sockets are also in the process of being made operational at Langworthgate and will be ready for public use in April 2024.

With this expansion, Lincoln now boasts over 100 EV chargepoints at public car parks, with at least 50 of these at City of Lincoln car parks and this is continuing to grow.

Currently there isn’t an overstay charge, which occurs when vehicles remain plugged in but have finished charging, this is something that will be reviewed next year if residents are struggling to access the charging points.

Councillor Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Addressing the Challenge of Climate Change, said: “The development of these new EV charge points is brilliant for the City of Lincoln and our goal of Net Zero Carbon by 2030. Addressing the issue of climate change is just as much about adapting our existing infrastructure as it is about changing our school of thought and through the creation of EV charging points we are allowing our residents and visitors to reduce their carbon footprint by adapting our car parks to suit electric vehicles. We are future proofing Lincoln’s electric vehicle infrastructure network to support our residents and visitors with the transition to electric vehicles.”

Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, said: “Making electric vehicle charging easily available to everyone, including residents without a driveway, is vital if the dream of a full switch to EVs is to be realised. We’re thrilled to be working with City of Lincoln council to deliver reliable, convenient, and inclusive charging infrastructure for residents and visitors to Lincoln and helping it to meet its climate goals.”

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