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New electric vehicle connection guide for pioneering local authorities

The UK’s biggest electricity distributor has launched a new guide to help local authorities meet the growing demand for on-street charge points for electric vehicles.

From Press releases - 22 June 2017 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks is supporting local authorities, residents, businesses and the public sector to embrace new technologies that will support the transition to a low carbon economy. A key part of that transition is the increasing take-up of electric vehicles. Just six years ago, there were only 2,500 electric vehicles in the UK, now there are almost 80,000 and that number is expected to continue to rise.

Electric vehicles are usually charged off-street in garages and driveways. However, 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.

As the network operator that powers more than 8 million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England - UK Power Networks has launched the guide to give local authorities useful tips and information about different kinds of charge points and the options available to connect to the electricity network.
Mark Adolphus, Director of Connections at UK Power Networks said: “Electric 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.
“As 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.”

UK Power Networks has launched the guide “Getting electric vehicles moving” to over 6,000 local authority councillors in London, the South and East of England.