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Developing an electric vehicle charging infrastructure

The UK Government’s ambition is to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Based on this ambition, Energy Saving Trust forecasts that by 2030 there could be 8-11 million hybrid or electric cars on the UK’s roads, and over 25 million hybrid or electric cars by 2040. For context, there were 31.2 million cars in the UK in 2017.

An increasing number of electric vehicle (EV) drivers require public chargepoints. Approximately a third of households in the UK do not have a driveway or garage and cannot install a home chargepoint, and there are plenty of other drivers who want to ‘top-up’ their battery while away from home.

Local authorities can help meet this growing need from residents and local businesses in several ways. They can install grant-funded chargepoints, partner with chargepoint operators to gain additional investment, and update planning policies to ensure new developments include chargepoints.

Best practice guides

Our best practice guides are full of impartial, pragmatic advice and informative case studies, a useful reference resource for local authority officers who are developing and managing public charging infrastructure networks. Browse through the selection below and download the guides for free.

Positioning chargepoints and adapting parking policies for electric vehicles

This guide covers:

  • off-street EV parking bay layouts
  • considerations when placing on-street chargepoints
  • signage and setting traffic orders for EV bays (permanent vs experimental)
  • parking incentives for EV owners

Download the guide for free.

Minimising the costs of street works and grid connections for charging infrastructure

This guide covers:

  • the roles of local authorities and considerations to reduce risk
  • delays and costs when installing chargepoints

Download the guide for free.

Procuring electric vehicle charging infrastructure

This guide covers:

  • investing public funding in charging infrastructure and the ‘own and operate’ model
  • securing private sector investment, including concession frameworks and low upfront cost options
  • case studies
  • top tips for procuring public charging infrastructure

Download the guide for free.

Incorporating EV chargepoints into local planning policies for new developments

This guide covers:

  • how local authorities can require or encourage developers to install EV chargepoints
  • forecasts for the number of electric cars in the UK up to 2035
  • permitted development rights and planning for EV charging hubs
  • guidance on determining what constitutes ‘appropriate provision’ of chargepoints

Download the guide for free.

Support available for local authorities

Through the Local Government Support Programme funded by the Department for Transport, Energy Saving Trust can provide tailored support to help local authorities improve local air quality and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We can offer impartial advice on chargepoint procurement, planning policies and can facilitate a team workshop or independently review your draft plans.

Consultancy projects

Energy Saving Trust has a wealth of experience providing government and private sector organisations with expert resources for delivery of charging infrastructure and related projects. Support can be tailored to meet the client’s specific needs but could include:

  • fleet profiling and analysis
  • telemetry and geospatial analysis
  • advice on suitable alternative vehicle technologies
  • site identification and evaluation
  • preparation and hosting of stakeholder engagement surveys
  • preparation of engagement and educational content
  • chargepoint use analysis
  • charging hub tariff and operational cost modelling

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Last updated: 18 November 2020