A portfolio of 82 residential on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging sockets spread across west and north Northamptonshire has gone live.
Two Northamptonshire councils have partnered for the portfolio, which is owned and operated by Liberty Charge and was delivering using its strategic partner Virgin Media O2.
Two charging points have been installed at each site to serve up to four vehicles at a time, with the chargers being 22kW. Initially, two bays will be dedicated to EV charging while the other two can be used for either electric vehicle charging or general parking.
They have been rolled out across seven locations in West Northamptonshire and seven in North Northamptonshire. Funded by Innovate UK and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, the Virgin Park and Charge project was supported by the West and North Northamptonshire Councils.
Graham Lawman, North Northamptonshire Council’s executive member for highways, travel and assets, said: “Only about 9% of Electric Vehicles are owned by people with no off-street parking against there being about 30% of properties in that situation, so, to catch up, it is vital that we progress kerbside charging points like this to enable all drivers the opportunity to charge their cars locally to them and overnight.”
The Northamptonshire rollout follows the recent announcement of Liberty Charge rolling out chargepoints across Wandsworth, with 35 sites set to see installations.