Providing an uplift in the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points will encourage the use of electric vehicles and provide much needed infrastructure to cut the levels of harmful emissions. Nuneaton town centre will benefit vastly from on-street EV charging points which will be installed on key town centre roads close to shops, businesses, and public buildings.
Existing EV infrastructure in and around the town centre is very limited with only two EV charging points in the town centre (one of which is in the town hall car park) and just outside the town centre there are two slow chargers in a supermarket car park.
The Government has set a target to end the sale of new combustion engine-powered cars and vans by 2030 (extended to 2035 for hybrid vehicles). The e-mobility hub within Nuneaton town centre will help ensure charging infrastructure is in place to support the increased take-up of electric vehicles by Nuneaton residents and visitors to the town and give the public the confidence to switch to electric vehicles.
The scheme, which is being developed by Warwickshire County Council and delivered, maintained and operated by BP Pulse, will provide 15kw EV charging points, enough to charge 20 vehicles on Abbey Street, and a 50kw rapid EV charger for charging two vehicles on Church Street. The 15kw EV charging points are intended for top up charging for people visiting the town centre during the day. The rapid EV charging point will facilitate a full charge within a short time period (typically less than 1 hour), and has the potential to attract EVs undertaking longer distance on the A444 major road network (MRN).
Nuneaton town centre will benefit vastly from on-street EV charging points which will be installed on key town centre roads close to shops, businesses, and public buildings.
As well giving people the confidence to buy an EV, the EV charging points we propose to install will support jobs related to the supply and installation of EV charging infrastructure. Some of those jobs will be retained locally.
The adoption of greener technologies will help to improve air quality in our town. With the right charging infrastructure locally, we will help stimulate demand for EVs and support active local advancements in technology, on which future jobs and growth depend.
Funding: Total scheme cost £214,780 with £52,000 of match funding.
It is anticipated that the on-street EV charge points on Church Street will be delivered by 31 March 2023 for the rapid chargepoints, and June 2023 for the fast chargepoints in Abbey Street car park.