Date Published: 02 September 2022
- Five local authorities, including Rutland County Council and Midlands Connect submitted a successful bid for £935,355 Government funding
- Funding will deliver 26 standard and 4 rapid charging points across Rutland
- Bid will fund total of 322 standard and 27 rapid EV charging points across the Midlands
- Projections suggest creation of 220 EV-related jobs in Rutland by 2032
- Nominated charge point locations targeted towards areas with low % of off-street parking
Rutland County Council and partners are welcoming the news today that their £1million funding bid, as part of the Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Pilot, has been successful. The County Council joined a partnership of five local authorities across the Midlands region, alongside Sub-National Transport Body Midlands Connect to submit the bid in June this year.
The money - which totals £935,355 - will now be distributed between Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Herefordshire, Rutland and Stoke-on-Trent Councils. It is expected that this support from Government will also attract an additional £2.8million in private sector investment, with the cumulative funds being used to install a total of 322 standard and 27 rapid public electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
In Rutland, the funding will be used to deliver 26 standard and 4 rapid charging points across the county. The majority will be on-street chargers in residential areas, alongside some publicly available chargers situated in council-owned carparks and other council-owned land.
Last year, analysis by Midlands Connect found that Rutland needs 96 new public EV charging points by the end of 2025 to meet growing demand. It is hoped that this pilot could pave the way for a larger, region-wide installation scheme.
Estimates suggest that the installation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging points will create an influx of jobs in the region, with 220 related roles set to be created in Rutland by the end of 2032.
At present, 93% of electric vehicle owners have access to off-road parking. It’s hoped that increasing the number of public charging stations will make it easier for those without a driveway to make the switch to electric, while also increasing the ease of travel and charging for all EV users.
“We are extremely pleased that the bid was successful and we can now have the funding secured to move forward with increasing access to electric charging points in Rutland. We know that residents in Rutland are keen to make greener choices and many are planning to make the switch to an electric vehicle well ahead of the ban on new diesel and petrol car sales in 2030. Given the rural nature of the county, it’s essential that we have a comprehensive network of public charging points in place in order for motorists to feel confident that they can charge their vehicles and this is definitely a big step forward in delivering just that for our residents, businesses and visitors in the area.’ Cllr Lucy Stephenson, Leader of Rutland County Council