Connected Kerb launches huge charging initiative in Surrey

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Surrey County Council and EV charge point provider Connected Kerb is teaming up for the largest deployment of EV chargers by a local authority in the UK. Some 10,000 new public chargers are to be installed across the county by 2030.

The rollout will see Connected Kerb install their on-street charge points at over 1,500 locations across streets and public car parks in Surrey. The partners expect to deliver over 5,000 fast charging points by 2027, including over 500 across the county.

There is one charger per 9,000 residents in Surrey, but the new plan will see this figure “dramatically increase,” writes Connected. The company has worked with the Surrey County Council before.

“Over the last two years, we’ve installed over 100 EV charge points in Surrey, and this has given us the opportunity to trial different suppliers and processes,” Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Growth, Surrey County Council, said. “We have an established relationship with Connected Kerb, and this contract will enable us to expand our network of charge points and speed up the installation process to provide services to our residents faster.”

The contract will release up to £60 million in investment from Connected Kerb. The company will therefore fund most of the project. Other funding options, such as central government grants, are also available to make these kinds of projects feasible, according to the statement.

This investment follows a £110 million investment from Aviva Investors in Connected Kerb to deliver 190,000 charge points before 2030. The company writes this was 63% of the UK government’s 300,000 chargepoint estimates. The company also likened the £110 million to around a quarter of all the funding provided by the UK government under the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund, designed to help local authorities fund on-street electric vehicle charging projects.

“The recent Net Zero Review was clear, said Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb. “If one local authority can deliver such a significant boost to the UK’s charging network, just imagine what we could achieve by 2030 if every city, county, and combined authority was empowered to do the same.”

The rollout in Surrey will consist of Connected Kerb’s entire product range, including 7kW and 22kW Gecko chargers, Chameleon chargers for on-street and car parks, the wall-mounted Limpet and the Scarab throughout housing developments.

Connected Kerb first released plans to install 190,000 EV chargers across the UK in late 2021.


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