New scheme to provide electric car charging points on West Suffolk streetlamps
A trial scheme to make it easier for residents to charge electric vehicles outside their homes is being introduced in West Suffolk.
West Suffolk Council already operates some charging points in Bury St Edmunds but wants to improve infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Now, it has secured £27,000 Government funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to help provide electric vehicle charge points connected to lampposts for residents who lack off-street parking.
The scheme, also funded with £9,000 from West Suffolk Council, will see 22 charge points installed across the district. Their use will be monitored and if a need is found elsewhere, the council could apply to OLEV for funding for more charge points or relocate any that are underused.
Cllr John Griffiths, council leader, said: “We recognise the infrastructure for electric vehicles has to get better.
“This trial scheme on streetlamps is designed to support residents in using electric vehicles. I welcome more ideas and initiatives.”
Electric vehicles are cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars, with fuel costs generally a quarter of fossil fuel equivalents. West Suffolk Council is using a supplier which uses 100 per cent renewable energy.
Cllr Andy Drummond, West Suffolk Council cabinet member for regulatory, said: “This initiative will allow residents that lack off-street parking to charge their electric vehicles during the day or overnight, even when the lights are off.”
Sixteen of the charge points will be in Bury St Edmunds, in Spring Lane, Out Westgate, Eastgate Street and the Southgate area.