One week left to comment on electric vehicle charging points

Dudley Council wants to hear people’s views on proposals for 25 new residential electric vehicle charge points.

The proposals will benefit people who wish to own an electric vehicle but do not have their own drive, or other access to off-street charging facilities.

The charge points charge at 7kW. For many cars this will provide a full charge in roughly six hours, making them ideal for overnight charging for residents. Locations have been identified based on a set of criteria, which include;

  • near residential properties with no off-street parking
  • sufficient local power/grid capacity
  • adequate footpath and road widths
  • locations are free from other street furniture/overhanging trees
  • having minimum impact on existing on-street parking practices

Everyone is free to comment on the consultation and even suggest additional charging locations for future consideration. Councillor Dr Rob Clinton, cabinet member for climate change, said:

“The installation of these charge points will form an important role in Dudley borough’s mixed approach to EV charging.

“It will not only benefit residents where charge points are located but will also help us reduce our emissions, improving air quality and reducing our ecological impact.”

Councillor Damian Corfield, cabinet member for highways and environmental services, added: “The charge points are small and unobtrusive, not like the large charge points you sometimes see in car parks or on private land and will make charging electric vehicles at home simple and convenient.”

The £420k scheme, funded through an Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) grant and chargepoint operators, will help to realise the council’s commitment to the Black Country Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy, respond to the climate emergency and help to build infrastructure in time for the government ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2035.

People can also suggest locations for charge points which will be assessed against the technical criteria for suitability.

The consultation is available via Dudley Council's website.


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