More than 1,000 new electric vehicle chargepoints should be installed nationally in a new pilot, as part of a wider £450 million scheme
North Yorkshire to benefit from £2.2m of funding to build residential chargepoints from both Government and industry.
Through the Local EV Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot scheme, North Yorkshire Council and industry will work together to create new, commercial EV charging infrastructure for residents, from on-street chargepoints to larger petrol station-style charging hubs.
The pilot is backed by £10 million of government funding and will see North Yorkshire Council awarded £2m in the first tranche of the planned £450 million scheme, supported by £200,000 of funding from industry.
The rollout supports the Government’s drive to encourage more motorists to go electric, which can save drivers money on fuel and running costs, and improve air quality as the country moves towards net-zero.
Transport produced 27% of the UK’s total emissions in 2019. Of this, the majority (91%) came from road transport vehicles.
The scheme will help residents without private driveways to have better access to EV chargers, as well as growing the charging network across the country, supporting the nation’s uptake of zero emission vehicles and enabling more people to drive and charge without fear of being caught short, no matter where they are.
Julian Smith MP, said:
It is great that North Yorkshire County Council have been chosen to receive funding that will deliver 70 public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints and related infrastructure. This charging network is key to making the transition to electric vehicles.
The county council’s executive member for climate change, Cllr Greg White, said:
The switch to electric vehicles is necessary as North Yorkshire moves towards becoming carbon zero, but the rural nature of the county presents some significant challenges.
We worked hard to come up with an innovate scheme which will begin to provide the answers motorists need if they are to have the confidence to go electric.
The Government clearly saw the merit in our plans and we are delighted that we will now be able to press ahead with this work. It is an important step in our plans to ensure the county has an EV charging network which can meet everyone’s needs.