To support the transition to low and zero-emission vehicles, councils in the West of England launched their public EV charging network called Revive, as part of the Go Ultra Low West project, funded by the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles.
The council is inviting residents who cannot charge at home to submit their ideas for future charger locations by Wednesday 31 March 2021. Specific requests from individuals will help the council to map local demand, needs and aspirations.
This will strengthen the council's future funding bids. The council would particularly like suggestions for charge points in residential locations.
In the meantime, central Government continues to offer grant support for individual home charge points. There are currently 150 public charging bays being developed across the West of England as part of the Revive network, but more are needed as EV use increases ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.
Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council's executive member with responsibility for transport said: “We are creating our EV strategy now, with ambitious projects already underway to help us meet our climate and carbon goals by 2030.
"We hope for a strong response to this call for local charge points. It will help us show how committed North Somerset residents are to lowering their emissions and to making our region a cleaner, healthier and more attractive place to live.”
Cllr Bridget Petty, North Somerset Council's executive member for climate emergency and environment added: “Owning an electric car is one way to reduce your carbon emissions and still have the freedom to get around but I know many residents don’t have the option while they have no where to charge it near home.
"This initiative is a great way to understand the potential needs from our towns and villages.
“We’re committed to supporting our residents to make greener choices to help the region hit its carbon reduction targets. Nominating your own street or neighbourhood as somewhere EV charge points are needed sends a clear sign that you’re also committed to this goal.
"We hope that, through proving demand, we succeed in future funding bids and are able to deliver as many schemes as possible.”
So far the project has installed a total of 26 publicly accessible charging bays across North Somerset, with an additional five ‘rapid’ and nine ‘fast’ charging points under development.
In addition, the Portishead Marina Rapid Charging Hub, complete with an array of solar panels, will open later in the spring, with two rapid charging points serving four charging bays.
You can submit public charge point location suggestions at https://travelwest.info/electric-vehicles/charging-points
To use Revive charge points, users can sign up to Revive at https://www.revivecharging.net