Stoke-on-Trent invests over £3 million in charging infrastructure

Stoke-on-Trent's city council has secured over £3 million through the Department for Transport's LEVI fund to install up to 500 electric vehicle charging points.

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The Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced an investment of over £3 million through the Department for Transport’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund to install up to 500 electric vehicle charging points. According to new research data, Stoke-on-Trent is estimated to require 800 public charging points by 2030 to meet the electric vehicle charging demand.

At the moment, there are an estimated 1,500 electric vehicles in the city and less than 60 available charging points. A pilot project will install 50 charging points across the city over the next year, while the city council’s wider Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Programme will fund the installation of a further 500 charging points between 2025 and 2029. The majority of the EV charging points will be installed in residential areas with limited off-street parking for charging electric vehicle.

“We understand that not everyone wants, or chooses to use, electric vehicles but we also recognise that we need to improve the accessibility of charging points across the city, particularly for those without their own driveways,” said Councillor Amjid Wazir, cabinet member for city pride, enforcement and sustainability, adding: “We have received 100 per cent funding for this programme so it will come at no additional cost to the taxpayer. Now we want to work with partners in the coming years to bring forward this scheme and make sure we are ready for our residents and businesses when they want to switch to electric vehicles.”


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