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EV charging point in car park

Transport is by far the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emission in our region. A shift away from polluting vehicles and investment in walking, cycling and public transport are critical in helping us to bring down our carbon emissions.

Whilst we want to encourage people to move to more sustainable transport for as many everyday journeys as possible, we recognise some people will still have to use cars. Electric vehicles can allow these journeys to be made and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.

The Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan outlines the role of public funding in the roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the West of England. It’s part of our commitment to transport decarbonisation. To give people the confidence to switch to electric vehicles there needs to be a wide network of charge points. The rollout of electric vehicle public charge points must progress at a much faster pace to address the climate challenges we face and ensure people have access to the chargers they need to make the decision to switch to electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Action Plan

Principles and objectives

  1. Encourage people to switch to low carbon transport within the region
  2. Promote alternatives to private car ownership
  3. Support a consistent, high quality user experience across the West of England
  4. Support an inclusive, accessible charge point network to meet the needs of disabled electric vehicle car users
  5. Improve access to the charge point network no matter where you live
  6. Secure private investment

Chargers delivered with public funding in the West of England will be guided by strategic principles which are summarised here:

  • A regional Action Plan will align with the wider transport strategy and the local priorities of our constituent councils
  • Public investment will fill ‘gaps’ to provide good charge point coverage
  • People who cannot charge at home will be targeted
  • The rollout of charge points will be inclusive, accessible, and not negatively impact other road users, including people walking or wheeling
  • Alternatives to private car ownership will be encouraged
  • There will be a compatible public charging network across the West of England (where viable)
  • Private sector investment will be actively sought, to identify where public money can be best targeted

Read the full strategic principles in the Action Plan.

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