Many countries worldwide are shifting to an era where electric vehicles are starting to become the norm, and individuals focused on improving their carbon footprint; this is the ideal time. Many leading vehicle manufacturers have started pledging to launch electric vehicles, which are in most cases cheaper to run and much better for the environment. People are slowly but surely accepting the change, and the faster it becomes a reality, the better for everyone. As the world turns toward electric vehicles, the County Warwickshire has signed a contract between the Warwickshire county council and BP Pulse for £584 000.
This agreement amounts to 118 new 7.4kW Local Electric Charging Points installed at Warwick, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton, Stratford-On-Avon, and Bedworth. The newly installed street chargers will be available on a pay-as-you-go or membership-based for lower rates and continued support. This initiative was started with a successful negotiation by the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme operated by the Zero-Emission Vehicles’ office. The department pledged £412 000 which will fund 75% of the installation costs and match funding from BP Pulse to fund the remainder of the costs.
Individuals’ need to switch from regular internal combustion engines to more eco-friendly options is vital to nearly everyone’s quality of everyday life in more populated regions. It will make the transition for many people much more manageable with everyone involved, which will cause a dramatic increase in the Warwickshire EV Networks. A total of 118 local charge points will be installed, and it is said that the chargers’ installation should be complete by March 2021. Some of these on-street chargers will be installed on-street locations; they will also be installed at council-owned residential car parks.
The CEO of BP Pulse said, “We are proud to work with Warwickshire County Council to help enable more drivers to make the switch to electric, importantly including those without access to off-street parking at home. This partnership is a great example of private and public sector collaboration, and of our commitment to helping local authorities develop charging infrastructure that meets the needs of their communities, contributing to reducing local emissions and improving air quality.”
The CEO of BP pulse is not the only one excited about the developments within the switch to electric.
Councillor Heather Timms from the culture and environment at Warwickshire County Council said, “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint in Warwickshire with a view to the county being carbon neutral by 2030. The shift towards electric vehicles is integral to that, so we are pleased to support the initiative and build up the EV charging point infrastructure throughout Warwickshire.”
For the era of electrically powered motor vehicles to become an actual benefit to society, it needs to be adopted by everyone and not just by some. Thankfully vehicle manufacturers are working with authorities to promote them to only sell electric vehicles by 2030. For further information on electric cars or to test drive one and experience the future first hand, visit Drive Vauxhall and explore what the future holds.