Council calls for resident input to shape electric vehicle charging infrastructure

We are calling on residents citywide to take part in a survey aimed at enhancing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, particularly for those without access to off-street parking.

The back of a white electric Smart Car plugged into charging point.

Following the council's Special Scrutiny Project ‘Preparing Southend for the EV Revolution’ which recommended and encouraged the submission of ‘ambitious bids’, the council have been working with central government and industry partners to apply for the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund. This funding will help the council find new ways to set up electric vehicle charging points all over Southend and make sure they are used efficiently.

Efforts to understand EV charger demand and identify optimal locations across the city have been extensive, encompassing dedicated charging bays, as well as lampost and street furniture charging points.

In addition, the council is actively assessing charging volume requirements at various car parks and public facilities and engaging in discussions with companies to introduce 'destination' charging options. This proactive strategy also applies to how the council manages its fleet of vehicles and plans for switching to electric vehicles in the future.

Councillor Kevin Buck, cabinet member for highways, transport and parking, said: “I have been instrumental in the drive for better EV infrastructure in Southend for a number of years now. Following the scrutiny committee report, cabinet unanimously approved its recommendations in mid 2023. The council therefore remains committed to installing charge points pre-emptively to inspire confidence and encourage drivers considering the switch to EVs, particularly focusing on residential 'on-street' charging for residents without off-street parking.

"Whilst the aspiration is to have some form of EV charging in every road that needs it, our aim is to initially cater for current demand as well as creating some capacity in roads that have no off street parking at all, by placing charge points in the most convenient locations.

"I encourage residents to participate in the survey to help us identify areas of current and future demand for EV infrastructure. This survey will help us meet these objectives and help residents with the transition to zero emissions vehicles, meaning cleaner air for our streets for all to breathe.”

To have your say on this survey and ensure your voice is heard, visit the council's Your Say Southend website and help shape the future of Southend-on-Sea.

Published: 14th March 2024

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