Electric vehicle charging networks combat climate change., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize
Electric vehicle charging networks combat climate change., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize

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Senior councillors will consider action to tackle climate change and tackle a series of major challenges to expand the network of electric vehicle charging points in North Yorkshire.

Demand for charging stations is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade as drivers switch to electric vehicles ahead of a ban on petrol and diesel engines in new cars by 2030.

The vast rural areas of North Yorkshire pose a major challenge to ensuring the rollout of a cost-effective network of charging points, although drivers often rely heavily on cars on long journeys through England’s largest county. The lack of on-street parking in some urban and rural areas also poses a barrier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

Members of the North Yorkshire executive branch will meet on Tuesday, November 8 to discuss plans to initiate a public consultation on plans to develop an electric vehicle charging infrastructure strategy. If approved, consultations are expected to begin later this month.

North Yorkshire has secured more than £2 million from the government to help fund the county’s network of electric vehicle charging stations and plan to bid for additional funding.

Executive member for climate change, Cllr Greg White, said: “The ownership of electric vehicles in North Yorkshire is increasing quickly. This is encouraging – to achieve the county’s ambitious carbon zero target, for smaller vehicles, we need to make the switch to electric as close as possible to 2030.

“But North Yorkshire faces particular challenges, partly due to its rural nature and partly the lack of off-street parking in some villages and urban residential areas.

“We need to understand these needs and the challenges they present and be ready to meet them. That’s why we want to seek the input and feedback of the public to help to shape our strategy for the coming years.”

The latest figures show that with nearly 4,000 electric vehicles and 225 public charging stations registered in North Yorkshire, electric vehicle penetration is growing rapidly every year.

Officials predict 3,161 charging points will be needed by 2030, half of which must be funded by the public sector, at an estimated cost of £10.3 million.

The total number of charging points required is expected to increase by 900 from 2020, reflecting the rapid adoption of electric vehicles since then.

In expanding charging infrastructure, officials have identified three key hurdles.

As EVs become more commonplace, demand on the grid will increase, and many places, especially those already close to capacity, will require costly upgrades to ensure the grid can keep up with demand.

The rural nature of North Yorkshire means there is a greater reliance on cars due to a lack of alternatives and the need for long journeys.

Fears of running out of battery power before reaching the nearest charging station, coupled with long journeys, are preventing people in rural areas from switching to electric vehicles.

High connectivity costs and low utilization mean that the private sector is generally less interested in providing rural charging stations. Therefore, if the public sector does not intervene, there is a risk of rural “charging deserts”.

21% of North Yorkshire households do not have off-street parking. Being able to charge an electric vehicle cheaply and conveniently at home is a major advantage when it comes to switching to electric. However, reliance on the public charging network is known to be a major problem for potential users of electric vehicles and thus a significant barrier to the acceptance of electric vehicles.

North Yorkshire has taken this opportunity to start addressing some of these issues by applying for £20 million in funding from the National Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot. The county was awarded £2.2m to build 70 charging points, with 10 in each of North Yorkshire’s seven districts.

The plan envisages installing charging points next to battery storage units charged by solar panels. The technology will be sympathetic to rural areas and will see residential charging stations in street locations and larger charging hubs.

Cllr White said: “We have devised an innovative scheme that will begin to provide the answers motorists need to give them the confidence to go electric. We are delighted that we can press ahead with this work. It is an important step, but we understand that LEVI’s rural focus means it can only be part of the solution.”

Individuals in consultation will be asked about the use of electric vehicles, proposed actions and further thoughts, as determined by the executive branch. These comments will be incorporated into the final strategy and submitted to Council members for approval. If it is supported by members, it will be the basis for future funding.

Anyone can email their name, address, Electric Vehicle ownership status, off-street parking availability and suggested location to Anyone can email their name, address, EV ownership status, off-street parking availability and suggested location to ltp@northyerks.gov.uk prior to enquiry.

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