By promoting plans for public sector organisations to install charging points at briefings earlier this month, the County Council aims to help both drivers of electric vehicles access this technology and, at the same time, improve air quality for all Hampshire residents.
Councillor Mel Kendal, the County Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “We have a strong track record of delivering value for money for Hampshire residents. Our electric vehicle programme is an example of how we are leading the way in more environmentally friendly travel to deliver greater efficiencies out of the public purse and also encourage residents to sign up to reap the rewards of lower fuel costs and fewer carbon emissions.”
The County Council is working with public sector organisations from across the south of England on plans to help local authorities access grant funding and private sector investment, to install charging points for general public use, as well as public sector facilities and vehicles.
The plans build on the County Council’s work, already underway with local authorities, to explore how best to grow the electric vehicle network. Earlier this year, the County Council began an electric vehicles pilot which will reduce energy costs by 97% compared to equivalent diesel vehicles.
Since 2010, the County Council has saved nearly £30 million in energy costs from cutting its carbon emissions by 38.1% - through improvement projects including street lighting, roofing, and building maintenance. The target to cut carbon emissions has now been increased to 50% by 2025.
Councillor Kendal added: “We want to harness the success we’re seeing with electric vehicles and progress our work with partner authorities and the private sector, to increase access to and use of, charging points across England. These briefings have been an excellent opportunity to raise awareness amongst public sector organisations on how to convert their electric vehicle ambitions into an everyday reality, which will benefit residents too.”
Further details on the benefits of electric vehicles are available from the Office For Low Emissions (OLEV).