A new West of England partnership has formed to revamp the region’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network and accelerate the take-up of zero or low emission vehicles.
Local councils, including Labour-run Bristol City Council, will be upgrading the current ‘Source West’ EV charging point network, as well as adding at least 120 new charge point connections across the four regions over the next year.
A new contract has been signed to improve services for EV drivers. It was developed following a research project last year, where existing and prospective EV owners were asked how the network should be run, managed and supported in the future. The research found EV owners wanted more charge points (including rapid charge points), in enforceable spaces, with better reliability. Source West members can keep up to date with changes to charge points at sourcewest.info.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “In order to meet ambitious environmental goals, shared across the region, we must help people transition to low carbon and clean transport options. Upgrading our charging network is part of the answer and this will help both existing and future EV drivers to charge their vehicles more easily. Ensuring we develop a resilient charging infrastructure will give more people the confidence they need to embrace this technology.”