Electric vehicle charging points must be 'fit for the future' says top Hampshire councillor
PLANS are in motion for more electric vehicle charging points to be installed across Hampshire.
Hampshire County Council has put a contract out to tender for more charging points, in a bid to encourage more people to switch to electric vehicles.
The four-year contract, which begins in April 22, is estimated to be worth up to £25m.
Cllr Steve Forster, executive member for commercial strategy, estates and property, said: 'The existing Hampshire County Council electric vehicle charging framework already supports more than 80 local authorities and public sector organisations across the southern region to purchase electric charge point infrastructure in a hassle-free, consistent and cost effective way.
'This joined-up approach is helping to deliver a much needed network of charge points ahead of the government’s 2030 ban on the purchase of new petrol and diesel cars. The current framework expires in 2022 and we are now tendering for a new four year contract.
'The framework aims to enable and encourage the use of electric vehicles by public sector organisations, and to help increase driver confidence by reducing ‘range anxiety’. It’s also a welcome boost to the green economy.'
Currently, there are 600 electric vehicle charging points across the county - 200 of which were installed by the county council.
These can be found in supermarket car parks, places of work and council-run car parks. On-street charging points are currently being trialled in Winchester and Eastleigh.
Final numbers for this new contract will be determined at a later date.
Speaking at the latest full council meeting, deputy council leader Cllr Rob Humby expressed his desire to stay ahead of the curve.
He said: 'The national and regional provision shows Hampshire has a higher number of rapid charging points relative to its population.
'But the market is changing very quickly as new cars come through with longer ranges and faster charging options; we want to ensure any investment will be fit for the future and it cannot be solved by the public sector alone.
'We will also be exploring the potential of rolling out ultra-fast charging points of 150kw at key locations around the county, to see whether this can be delivered cost-effectively.'