LGA responds to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy

“Councils are best-placed to ensure chargepoints are delivered in the right places and avoiding inappropriate or poor siting. All councils need to benefit and have full flexibility to maximise the impact of the funding."


Electric car being charged

Responding to the announcement of the Government’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy to speed up the roll out local charging points Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association transport spokesperson, said:

“Councils are determined to tackle climate change and drive down harmful transport related emissions and are already supporting the transition to electric vehicles.

“This funding is a significant boost to those efforts which will help secure staffing and resources to better plan and invest in local chargepoint networks, in partnership with commercial operators. It will also help ensure that there is access where it is needed, in particular for those without access to off-street parking.

“Councils are best-placed to ensure chargepoints are delivered in the right places and avoiding inappropriate or poor siting. All councils need to benefit and have full flexibility to maximise the impact of the funding.

“While funding is one barrier to progress, we await details as to how the Government intends to deal with other obstacles such as high costs of connection points to the electric grid, and access to expertise.”