Two thirds of local authorities ‘have no plans for EV charger installations’

Almost 60% of councils say they have no funds earmarked for future EV charging infrastructure

Big Zero Report 2022

Nearly two thirds of local authorities have no plans to install electric vehicle (ev) infrastructure.

A freedom of information request (FoI) by trade body Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) suggests nearly 66% of local authorities do not have plans in place for EV charge points.

The worrying finding comes ahead of tomorrow’s transport day at COP26 in Glasgow.

The ECA issued a FoI request to 344 local authorities across the UK in September on EV charge points – of them a total of 241 replied.

The research found that nearly 48% of them did not currently operate any EV charge point.

A further 60% said they have no funds earmarked for future EV charging infrastructure.

Luke Osborne, ECA’s Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor, said: “With public interest in EVs reaching an all-time high, the worrying lack of plans to install charge points will seriously hold us back in our pursuit of net zero and stunt the growth of a booming market.

“A key focus for local authorities should be enabling constituents without off-street parking to readily charge with ease.”

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