£1.3m project to install more electric vehicle charging points in car parks to get under way

A £1.3m project to install at least 25 electric vehicle charge points for public use in car parks across Devon begins this month. Honiton, Sidmouth, Exmouth and Seaton will all benefit from the initiative.

Once the two-year scheme is complete, the Devon Low-carbon Energy & Transport Technology Innovator (DELETTI) programme will prevent more than 300 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year.

The project follows Devon County Council securing a grant of £817,712 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The project is being led by Devon County Council in partnership with East Devon District Council (EDDC), North Devon District Council, South Hams District Council, Teignbridge District Council and West Devon District Council and is scheduled to be complete by December 2021.

The charge points will be installed in key carparks in Devon’s largest communities.

Locally, the following car parks will benefit:

  • Exmouth (Imperial Road)
  • Sidmouth (Ham)
  • Honiton (Lace Walk)
  • Seaton (Orchard)

The charge points will be powered by renewable energy. These could be in the form of solar carports – solar panels mounted on frames to enable cars to park underneath and recharge is one possibility.

In July DCC announced a project to deliver 150 new charge points in Exeter through the StreetHubz project. StreetHubz is private-sector led project by Zapinamo and Gamma Energy.

Devon is the fourth largest county in the UK but there is currently only 30 publicly accessible electric vehicle charge points in Devon .

Once both schemes are completed the number of public charge points in Devon would increase fivefold.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “The government has committed to banning the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, but long before that we want more people to start using electric vehicles.

It’s been difficult to encourage more people to use electric cars until there are more charging points, and more charging points won’t be provided until there are more electric cars on the road.

“This partnership with the district councils helps break that cycle. Fewer petrol and diesal cars will lead to a reduction in emissions, cleaner air and an improved quality of life for residents.”

Councillor Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: “It’s really important to us that we work towards climate change solutions. The use of electric cars will certainly help this and infrastructure such as car charging points are crucial when encouraging people to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Electric vehicle charge points

Councillor Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “South Hams see the use of electric vehicles as being an essential component of the future zero carbon transport solutions, it is hoped that this project will help to encourage to the uptake of electric vehicles in our area. This will help to meet the Council’s adopted clean air strategy and help us to meet our climate change declaration aspirations.”

Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We are delighted to be an active partner in the County Council led Devon Low-carbon Energy & Transport Technology Innovator (DELETTI) programme.

“The £800,000 plus grant funding will prevent more than 300 tonnes of carbon from entering our atmosphere every year and that aligns perfectly with our own emerging climate change action plan.

“The project will initially deliver charge points in East Devon car parks in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth and Seaton and we are particularly pleased to announce that the charge points themselves will be powered by renewable energy.”

Councillor Jackie Hook, Teignbridge District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Climate Change Emergency, said “We are excited that this project is about to launch and we will soon see the first electric charging points in our Council car parks.

“This is only the start and forms part of our wider Electric Vehicles charging infrastructure and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles policy.”

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