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Councillor Steve Williams by EV charger

Date posted: 09 September 2021

Electric vehicle charging points trial begins in Waverley

Today,  World EV Day,  we are pleased to announce the first on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points in a major Surrey trial are now live in three towns in Waverley borough.

It means drivers using EVs can now use two charging points in Hale Road, Farnham; four charging points in Summers Road, Farncombe; and four charging points in Farnham Lane/St Christopher’s Green in Haslemere.

It will only take a couple of hours for the 22 kilowatt charging points to charge up to 80% of an EV battery, at a cost of 30p per kilowatt hour (kWh) (based on a Nissan Leaf 2018 with a battery capacity of 40 kWh).

The trial is funded by Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Surrey County Council, and Guildford, Spelthorne, Waverley and Woking Borough Councils. There will eventually be a total of 20 charging points in each participating borough.

The aim of the trial is to understand key issues relating to on-street charging and the impacts of installing chargers – such as the cost, policies, public support and maintenance. It will also provide first-hand experience of installation, analysis of usage patterns and analysis of surrounding impacts such as air quality. The lessons learnt from the trial will be used to inform the roll-out of charging infrastructure across Surrey.

Councillor Steve Williams, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “We are delighted to be part of this pilot scheme. As a council, we have made the commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2030 and making it more viable for our residents to switch to electric vehicles is a key factor.

“In order to achieve this, we need to ensure the correct infrastructure is in place. I look forward to seeing the results of the trial as the basis for a more ambitious programme of rolling out better provision for electric vehicles and encouraging more sustainable and active transport in the borough in the future.”

To find out more about Waverley’s plans for tackling climate change, please go to our Sustainability web page.

Residents can find out more about the pilot scheme and the borough’s current electric vehicle charging points in car parks and roads by visiting Waverley Borough Council - Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Points in Waverley

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