To fuel the growth, Hampshire County Council is speeding ahead with its roll-out of electric vehicle charging points, to help residents and visitors get plugged in.
Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Rob Humby, said: “It is now widely acknowledged that electric vehicles are a more sustainable future for car travel in the UK – bringing better air quality, offering drivers considerable savings on fuel costs, and of course, improving our carbon footprint. These new figures show that Hampshire residents are well aware of the benefits and I’m glad we’re able to support their green ambitions.
“The electric vehicle charging framework that we procured, one year ago, is helping people across Hampshire and the southern region to plug in and get started. Councils and suppliers across the region have already used it to install 82 charging points, and we expect to see the framework facilitate more than 100 new charging points for public use in the Hampshire area over the next three months. In addition to the framework, the County Council is exploring proposals for provision of kerbside electric vehicle charging infrastructure, while keeping abreast of developments in new technology.
“We also have our eye on the carbon footprint of our own fleet, and we’re gradually replacing cars and smaller commercial vehicles with new electric ones. We have charging points now installed at 21 of our own buildings and depots, so that public sector vehicles can lead the way.”
The latest Department for Transport statistics show the number of registered electric or plug-in hybrid cars, vans and micro-cars called quadricycles in Hampshire. Over 2018, the number of registered plug-in vehicles in the area increased by 55%. At the end of 2017 there were 2,547 electric vehicles in Hampshire. By December last year, that figure had grown to 3,948, a jump of 1,401.
Hampshire County Council’s framework offers the public sector a compliant, consistent way of developing and installing electric vehicle charging points across the region, which is compatible and accessible for all users.
Over the next three months, 136 charging points will be installed across the area using the County Council’s framework, an investment of almost £370,000. The majority of the funding for these charging points comes from local councils, with Hampshire County Council contributing £59,000 to this part of the roll-out. Suppliers also contribute to the costs.
Hampshire County Council’s fleet currently includes 235 cars and light commercial vehicles. So far, 26 of these are electric. Another 17 vehicles will be replaced shortly with electric ones.
Councillor Humby added: “The County Council’s electric vehicle replacement programme is all part of an ongoing and successful programme of carbon reduction and energy savings. Through a proactive approach, the County Council’s carbon consumption has reduced by over 40% since 2010 and cumulative energy savings of £30million have been achieved for the County Council’s buildings and schools. This has enabled more valuable financial resources to be directed to priority front line services.”