EV charging is to receive a boost in the West of England as Siemens Mobility partners up with Alfen and ChargePoint Services (CPS) for network expansion.
The current ‘Source West’ EV network is to be upgraded and 120 new charge point connections are to be installed over the next year.
The project comes as part of a partnership between the local authorities for Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, which hope the project will increase EV uptake in the region.
The contract was developed after a research project revealed that EV owners would like there to be more charge points in the West, including rapid chargers, and better reliability.
It is being funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, which awarded the local authorities £7.1 million as part of the Go Ultra Low West programme, looking at promoting the adoption of EVs in the area.
Alex Bamberg, managing director of ChargePoint Services, which was this week bought out by French energy giant Engie, said CPS’ platform will provide a “critical service” by ensuring secure and reliable operation and allowing drivers access to the national GeniePoint network.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said if environmental targets are to be met people must be supported in transitioning to low carbon transport.
“Upgrading our charging network is part of the answer and this will help both existing and future EV drivers to charge their vehicles more easily. Ensuring we develop a resilient charging infrastructure will give more people the confidence they need to embrace this technology.”