Electricity distributor UK Power Networks has launched a guide for local authorities to support the installation of on-street charge points for electric vehicles
Published today (22 June), â€˜Getting Electric Vehicles Movingâ€™ offers details of the different types of charging points available, including the likely cost and time taken to connect.
According to UK Power Networks, which owns and maintains electricity lines across London and the South East of England, the take-up of electric vehicles has risen dramatically in recent years, with around 2,500 on UK streets in 2011, compared to around 80,000 today.
The company adds that electric vehicles are usually charged off-street in garages and driveways but in many parts of the UK off-street parking is not available and by installing charge points on-street, residents can enjoy the convenience and value of charging their electric vehicles near their home.
In Kensington & Chelsea, UK Power Networks notes that it has converted street lights into charge points for electric vehicles.
The cost for purchase and installation of charge points is noted to range from between Â£1,500 for a single slow to fast charge point, to Â£2 million for a cluster of rapid charge units.
Mark Adolphus, director of connections at UK Power Networks said: â€œElectric vehicles can help the UK meet its carbon emission ambition as well as contributing to improved air quality and the increasing take up of electric vehicles clearly means the demand for charge points is growing.
â€œAs a responsible electricity network, we want to help local authorities embrace a low carbon future and plan to meet the demand. This guide will help inform local authority leaders about how UK Power Networks connects charge points to the existing electricity infrastructure, and help councils plan the quickest, most efficient and economical way of connecting charge points in future.â€