Cornwall Council has secured £2.9 million in funding from the European Regional Development Fund to continue its electric vehicle (EV) charging rollout.
A further £725,000 has been committed by the council to cover the remaining cost of the 150 chargers, which will be installed in a range of locations including council car parks and offices as well as in communities where there is currently limited chargepoint availability.
The move will take the number of public chargepoints in Cornwall up to over 360 by 2023, with the council citing the need to improve access to chargepoints well before the 2030 ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles.
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for climate change, pointed to how travel in Cornwall “isn’t as easy as in major cities”. Road transport accounts for 22% of Cornwall’s carbon footprint, with action to reduce this needing to be “a focus of our activities”, Hannaford said.
“As we work to improve access to infrastructure, I would also like to see more financial incentives from industry and government to enable people to make the switch.”