Waverley Borough Council is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to support an increase in the uptake of zero-emission cars.
It is working with Engie to ensure there is sufficient public and workplace charging to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
The announcement should provide confidence to car dealers selling EVs in in the area, following the Government’s announcement that it will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030.
Transport forms a major part of the council’s Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy, and Waverley Borough Council has put in place plans to help reduce carbon emissions from public and company vehicles across the area.
Engie has already installed GeniePoint Network chargers across Waverley’s public car parks in Cranleigh, Godalming and Haslemere, and further chargers are scheduled to be installed in Farnham.
These chargers are rapid, 50kW+ chargers which will charge any model of electric vehicle. The chargers are accessed via the GeniePoint App, available from the App Store or Google Play, or by RFID card.
Councillor Steve Williams, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “The continuation of our commitment to EV infrastructure is a key part of Waverley Borough Council’s aim to become carbon-neutral by 2030 and, hopefully, an encouragement to residents to switch to electric vehicles and help us achieve this.
"As a council, we purchased our own 100% electric car earlier this year to help drive down our own carbon emissions, the first of many electric vehicles we will be purchasing over coming years and we are encouraging the suppliers we work with to do the same.”