More electric car charging points are set to be installed in Leicestershire after the government approved a funding bid of £935,000.
Leicestershire County Council was one of five local authorities to apply for a share of government funding, which will fund 100 new EV points across the county, the majority to be placed in residential areas.
Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport for Leicestershire County Council, welcomed the successful bid, and said that it would help enhance the authority’s credentials as “a green council.”
“Leicestershire is very much defined by its rural location and motorists will welcome a significant increase in the number of public charging points,” he added.
“The success also serves to further emphasise our commitment to carbon reduction and help to cement our ambitious plans to become net zero by 2045. We can now set to work on bringing in the vital infrastructure.”
The new chargers will be split across all districts and boroughs throughout Leicestershire. However, it has not been stated exactly where they will go.
Analysis by Midlands Connect found that the Midlands needs 17,461 new public EV charging points by the end of 2025 to meet the needs of the growing Electronic Vehicle market.
At present, 93 per cent 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 an electric vehicle, while also increasing the ease of travel and charging for all EV users in the county.