A NEW batch of 56 electric vehicle (EV) charging bays have been switched on across Solihull to further bolster the Council’s EV charging infrastructure roll out.
Areas include Shirley, Knowle, Olton, Silhill, Blythe, Lyndon, Elmdon, Dorridge and Smiths Wood.
The 56 also includes 18 charging bays being switched back on in the north of the borough and six recently installed at the Council House, which are available to members of the public at evenings and weekends.
Solihull Council has partnered with EV charging point supplier SWARCO to help expand the network.
Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, portfolio holder for climate change, planning and housing said: “As electric vehicles start to become the ‘norm’, we want play our part, as a council, in facilitating this transition.
“I’m thrilled that this latest roll out is providing opportunities to residents in a variety of accommodation types to be able to charge their electric vehicle locally and efficiently.
“We know that 39 per cent of carbon emissions in the borough are from transport with road transport accounting for nearly all of this.
“Investing in high quality EV infrastructure can play an important part in helping us achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2041, in line with our emerging Net Zero Action Plan.”
The authority is continuing to investigate demand for further EV charging points and how these can be rolled out to other parts of the borough.
Residents interested in more EV charging points should fill the resident engagement survey at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/XYQ4TQ/.