Posted on: Tuesday 21 January 2020
Five local authorities in Gwent have been awarded a share of £459,000 by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install a total of 65 fast charge points across 34 sites.
The seven car parks to receive the electric vehicle charge points are:
- Trosnant Street Lower Car Park, Pontypool – 2 x double charge points
- Clarence Place Car Park, Pontypool – 1 x double charge point
- Station Road, Griffithstown – 1 x double charge points
- Llanyrafon Car Park, Cwmbran – 1 x double charge points
- Fairwater Square Neighbourhood Centre, Cwmbran – 1 x double charge points
- Abersychan Neighbourhood Centre, Abersychan – 2 x double charge points
- James St Car Park, Blaenavon – 2 x double charge points
Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment said: “We are delighted that seven sites are suitable in Torfaen for the fast charging points. This will give residents with electrical vehicles greater opportunity to recharge. By providing more charging points, electrical vehicles become a more viable means of transport for everyone. As a result it is hoped that more people will consider purchasing one when it comes to renewing the family car (for example).
The current challenge and concern for many car owners considering an electrical vehicle, including myself, is the ability to charge it. It’s a chicken and egg scenario, without the infrastructure people are unlikely to make such a big change and investment. It’s right that government steps in to support this initial investment and stimulate this industry.
“Crucially as a council and a country we have declared a climate change emergency, and this is one of many projects we are working on to reduce the impact of climate change in Torfaen.
“The council has provided match funding for this project which shows how committed we are to reducing climate change (in Torfaen). I am proud to be the executive member for the environment, and to see this initiative come into fruition. I am looking forward to seeing these charging points in action.”
The project is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) with each local authority providing match funding.
The aim of the project is to address barriers to residential EV (Electric Vehicle) take-up caused by having no dedicated off street parking (i.e. no drive way or garage where an EV could be charged).
The installation is being undertaken by a Welsh company called Silverstone Green Energy. This company will also manage and maintain the units until 2025.
The selection of sites was based on OLEV funding criteria and informed by a Gwent regional resident survey. Western Power Distribution were also consulted on the suitability of sites.
Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales both contributed funding towards a feasibility study to support development of this project.
Two vehicles will be able to charge at a double charge point, and installation will begin shortly. All of the work is due to be completed (weather permitting) by the end of March.