Owners of electric vehicles (EVs) are to get more choice of where they can charge their cars in South Gloucestershire.
Following a successful bid for more funding, we will be installing EV charging points in Staple Hill, Cribbs Causeway, Filton and Mangotsfield.
These sites are in addition to those previously announced, which included St Mary Street Car Park in Thornbury, Epney Close Car Park in Patchway and our new flagship charge hub at the Bristol and Park Science Park.
Funding to install EV charging points across our region has been awarded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to the West of England Local Authorities as part of Go Ultra Low West (GULW) project. Approximately 120 EV charging connections will be installed as part of the Revive vehicle charging network, with 42 of these located across South Gloucestershire. To use the charge points, users can sign up to Revive at www.revivecharging.net.
We are committed to encouraging the uptake of EVs across the region as a more environmentally friendly alternative to petrol or diesel cars. There are a range of benefits to owning an EV, from air quality to financial gains.
We believe this investment in the publicly available charging network will give residents and businesses the confidence to invest in EVs to help us achieve our carbon emissions targets.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Strategic Infrastructure, Cllr Steve Reade said: “We are pleased to see our electric vehicle charging network continue to grow throughout South Gloucestershire.
“The installation of charge points at our car parks in these key areas will make switching to an electric vehicle a credible and attractive option for motorists in the area.
“We have made a commitment to lower carbon emissions, as part of our climate change goals, and supporting the growth of the electric vehicle charging network will enable people to adopt greener travel choices, as well as creating a greater mix of sustainable travel options.”
As the up-take of electric vehicles increases, we are working to ensure that we put in place a strategy that reflects the role of the local authority and explore the options for further public charging locations across South Gloucestershire.
We are working to install both fast chargers (22kWh) and rapid chargers (50kWh) in our public car parks and on-street.
All of the charge points installed within South Gloucestershire Council car parks will be available to use via the West of England-owned Revive network, which is free to join and will include use of the many GeniePoint charging points across the UK. You can use the Go Ultra Low Map to find electric vehicle charging stations near you. Visit https://www.goultralow.com/ev-charging-point-map/
The first phase of charge points in South Gloucestershire have all been installed and will be fully operational by the end of March. This next phase are currently being installed and we hope to have them available by the end of June 2021.
For more information, visit https://travelwest.info/gulw
Phase one of charge points:
• Epney Close Car Park, Patchway
Yate Shopping Centre West Car Park
• Cecil Road Car Park, Kingswood
St Mary Street Car Park, Thornbury
Haynes Lane Car Park, Staple Hill
Laburnum Road Car Park, Hanham
• Bristol and Bath Science Park
Phase two of charge points:
• Page Road Car park, Staple Hill
• The Venue, Cribbs Causeway
• St James Car Park, Mangotsfield
• Church Road Car Park, Filton