Following the launch of the Central Southern Regional Electric Vehicle Charging Framework (EVCF) by Hampshire County Council’s Property Services Energy Team in April 2018, its success goes from strength to strength. An achievement recently acknowledged by the Electric Vehicle Innovation and Excellence (EVIE) Awards, where the EVCF has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Public Sector Infrastructure Strategy of the Year category.
The Framework is leading the way in getting more Electric Vehicle charging points installed across Hampshire and the southern region and, to date, is being used by over 50 organisations including Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire Constabulary, New Forest and Test Valley Councils, and the University of Southampton.
Working with the supplier, JoJu charging, the EVCF provides local authorities and other public bodies across the South of England simple access for feasibility, purchasing route, implementation strategy, and key funding.
With Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points available for a variety of locations, including on-street and public car parks for use by members of the public, or to power an organisation’s fleet of electric vehicles, over 200 of these charge points have been installed so far. A further 1,000 are expected to be installed in the next twelve months.
Electric vehicles form a key part of Hampshire’s Climate Emergency response, which aims to reduce the County Council’s emissions for its buildings, street lighting and business travel by 50% by 2025 and achieve net zero by 2050.
At present, the EVCF is saving 230 tonnes of CO2 per year, a savings figure that will only grow with the continuing demand for this Framework, helping to improve both the Council’s carbon footprint and air quality as we drive towards an exciting greener future.