West Suffolk Council has signed an agreement with Ubitricity that will see it install about 100 new fast and rapid public charging EV points on council owned land this year.
Under the deal, Ubitricity will install and maintain the public charging infrastructure and motorists will be able to pay by card or by using the Shell Recharge app.
The sites will include town centres, leisure centres, country parks and car parks with a programme – to be rolled out this year – and shared in advance with residents.
Having declared environment and climate change emergencies, West Suffolk Council is working towards being carbon net zero by 2030.
It is also a key contributor to the Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan. Partnerships are seen as key to this work and to developing the EV charging infrastructure yet further.
Figures published in January 2023 by the Department for Transport data show that West Suffolk is already in the top 29 per cent of councils nationally for public charging points for EVs, both in total number of devices, and for devices per 100,000 population.
Cllr Andy Drummond, Cabinet member for Regulatory and Environment at West Suffolk Council said, “I welcome the collaboration with Ubitricity and am delighted that the energy motorists are to be supplied is from the same company that buys the energy we generate from our council-owned solar farm, and at competitive rates.”
Toby Butler, UK managing director of Ubitricity said, “West Suffolk are a leading council when it comes to EV charge point infrastructure.
“By expanding their network, they are making the transition to EV much more accessible to their residents and putting real momentum behind decarbonising their roads.”