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Developing an electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Convenient and affordable charging infrastructure is crucial in the switch to electric vehicles, and local authorities have a vital role to play in delivering excellent access across the country.

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 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 a range of 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

Energy Saving Trust’s 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 Positioning chargepoints and adapting parking policies for electric vehicles 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 Minimising the cost of street works and grid connections for charging infrastructure guide for free


Procuring electric vehicle charging infrastructure

This guide covers:

  • investing public funding in charging infrastructure and the ‘Own & 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 Procuring electric vehicle charging infrastructure 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 Incorporating EV chargepoints into local planning policies for new developments 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 CO2 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 resource 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

On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme

To help local authorities install more chargepoints on-street, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles is providing £2.5m funding for 2019-20.

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Based in Scotland?

For those based in Scotland, access our other funding streams and support programmes

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Support for council fleets

Our Fleet Support can help you integrate ultra-low emission cars and vans into your fleet, and reduce costs and emissions. Use our Fleet Management Toolkit, speak to our Fleet Support Managers, and attend the Fleet Heroes Awards & Conference.

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