- Five local authorities, including Rutland County Council and Midlands Connect submitted a successful bid for £935,355 Government funding
- Funding will deliver 26 standard and 4 rapid charging points across Rutland
- Bid will fund total of 322 standard and 27 rapid EV charging points across the Midlands
- Projections suggest creation of 220 EV-related jobs in Rutland by 2032
- Nominated charge point locations targeted towards areas with low % of off-street parking
Rutland County Council and partners are welcoming the news today that their £1million funding bid, as part of the Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Pilot, has been successful. The County Council joined a partnership of five local authorities across the Midlands region, alongside Sub-National Transport Body Midlands Connect to submit the bid in June this year.
The money – which totals £935,355 – will now be distributed between Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Herefordshire, Rutland and Stoke-on-Trent Councils. It is expected that this support from Government will also attract an additional £2.8million in private sector investment, with the cumulative funds being used to install a total of 322 standard and 27 rapid public electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
In Rutland, the funding will be used to deliver 26 standard and 4 rapid charging points across the county. The majority will be on-street chargers in residential areas, alongside some publicly available chargers situated in council-owned carparks and other council-owned land.
Last year, analysis by Midlands Connect found that Rutland needs 96 new public EV charging points by the end of 2025 to meet growing demand. It is hoped that this pilot could pave the way for a larger, region-wide installation scheme.
At present, 93% of electric vehicle owners have access to off-road parking. It’s hoped that increasing the number of public charging stations will make it easier for those without a driveway to make the switch to electric, while also increasing the ease of travel and charging for all EV users.
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