Sandwell Council makes successful bid for £300,000 EV charge point funding


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In Summary

General | 25th February 2022
Sandwell Council successfully secured £300,000 of grant funding from the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) as part of their On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) programme.

In Detail

Sandwell Council successfully secured £300,000 of grant funding from the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) as part of their On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) programme.

This funding will be supported by £100,000 of match funding from the council to deliver approximately 37 charge points across the borough.

These charge points will be located in residential areas, allowing households without off-street parking to charge electric vehicles while their vehicle is at home. The chargers are expected to be used mostly for overnight charging, with a power of 7kW (see table below).

Currently, around 80% of all-electric vehicle (EV) charging takes place at home, showing the critical importance of residential charging to the adoption of EVs.

These initial installations are part of delivering the Black Country Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) Strategy which was consulted in 2020.

This funding is part of a larger Black Country ORCS bid securing £1.15m of grant funding to deliver approximately 317 charge points at 158 locations across the region.

Further installations will continue over the coming years, aiming to meet targets identified in the ULEV strategy of 761 Standard, 214 Fast and 19 Rapid and Ultra-Rapid chargers across the Black Country, to provide residents with a ChargePoint within 500 metres of 95% of the Black Country.

The uptake of electric vehicles is already on a steep upward trajectory, exceeding 25% of new car sales in December 2021, but the Black Country is currently lagging behind the national averages for uptake.

Lack of publicly available chargers is repeatedly cited as one of the key reasons for not switching to electric vehicles, so it is incredibly important to increase the number of charge points available to residents across the region.

The charge points will be operated by a third-party ChargePoint operator (CPO) who will collect the fees for usage from customers. The operator will be selected through a competitive process to ensure the best value for residents.

Consultation is underway for the sites which have been shortlisted for installations, with interested residents having been contacted via post for their views. Installations are expected to begin in the summer.

Councillor Ahmad Bostan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “This funding will ensure that Sandwell is well-placed to support the move towards electric vehicles. It will deliver key infrastructure requirements and enable residents to get around sustainably.”

For more information about the Black Country Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) Strategy visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/ev