Members asked to approve electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Barnsley Council Cabinet members will be asked to approve the procurement for an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure on Wednesday 16 October.

The council has been successful in obtaining funding from the Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) which, if Cabinet approve, will be used to install a network of 45 electric vehicle charging posts across the borough.

Key locations will include the town centre, leisure centres and Barnsley’s Principal Towns. Each post will have two charging points meaning that 90 vehicles could be charged at any one time. These charging points provide 7KW of power, which will charge a car in approximately four hours. The network will enable drivers within the district or visiting the area to recharge and help encourage the uptake of electric vehicles. This proposed infrastructure would also support the draft Town Centre Parking Strategy, which aims for one in ten car parking spaces to have EV charging by 2025.

The report also requests permission for the council to purchase 35 new electric vehicles as part of its vehicle replacement strategy. The overall strategy, which was approved in August, will see 25 per cent of the council’s new vehicles being upgraded to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). New charging points for these vehicles will be installed at the council’s main depot and other council buildings throughout the borough.

These vehicles will significantly help to reduce the council’s carbon footprint and support its clean air strategy and the Government's 'Road to Zero' strategy. Barnsley Council recently declared a climate emergency committing itself to becoming zero carbon by 2040 or earlier if possible and for the borough to be zero carbon by 2045.

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “To improve air quality in Barnsley we are introducing new measures and projects associated with electric vehicles. This ranges from increasing public awareness on the benefits of electric vehicles and electrifying the council fleet, to installing more charging points across the borough.

“The rollout of electric vehicle charging points across public carparks will not only improve air quality but reduce the amount of carbon emissions we produce and help protect the environment for future generations.”

Read the report here.

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