Warwickshire County Council has awarded BP Pulse a £584,000 contract to install an additional 118 EV charging points in council-owned residential car parks and on-street locations.
The new 7.4kW chargers, which will be rolled out across North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick by March this year, will be available on either a pay-as-you-go or membership basis via the BP Pulse network.
It follows the council’s successful bid for a grant of £412,500 to the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), which is run by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
Under the agreement, ORCS will provide money for up to 75% of the cost, with match funding provided by BP Pulse to cover the remainder.
Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Pulse, said, “We are proud to work with Warwickshire County Council to help enable more drivers to make the switch to electric, importantly including those without access to off-street parking at home.
“This partnership is a great example of private and public sector collaboration, and of our commitment to help local authorities develop charging infrastructure that meets the needs of their communities, contributing to reducing local emissions and improving air quality.”
Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for heritage, culture and the environment at Warwickshire County Council, added, “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint in Warwickshire with a view to the county being carbon-neutral by 2030.
“The shift towards electric vehicles is integral to that so we are pleased to support the initiative and build up the EV charging point infrastructure throughout Warwickshire.”