Councils seek your views on electric vehicles and charge points

Councils are working together to seek views on the need for electric vehicle charge points across East Sussex.

Results of a survey will be used to help assess demand for infrastructure and inform the direction of any future projects for charge point infrastructure.

Wealden, Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Rother councils want to hear from people who currently drive electric vehicles as well as from those who don’t. Their survey can be seen here.

Cllr Bob Standley leader of Wealden says, in a press release: “The take-up of electric vehicles is predicted to rise sharply in the coming years.

Environmental benefits

“This will bring environmental benefits, particularly in districts like Wealden.

“We have long been concerned about ecological effects vehicle emissions may be having on Ashdown Forest.

“We need to plan ahead and look at the provision of electric vehicle charge points, but that process needs to be in step with what our residents are seeking.”

Charging patterns

He adds that through the survey the councils want to try to understand the charging patterns of existing electric vehicle drivers and look at the potential interest in switching to using an electric vehicle.

The press release goes on to say that the availability of publicly accessible charge points is seen by many as essential in reducing range anxiety and increasing adoption by new drivers.

Public car parks, owned by local councils, could have a role to play and they are also keen to hear suggestions of where good charge point locations might be.

Any future projects will be dependent on the priorities of individual local authorities and on the availability of funding, land availability and power capacity and may be delivered jointly or individually.

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