The government is planning to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035. Electric vehicles have potential beneficial impacts both in terms of improving air quality and through the reduction of carbon emissions.

Switching from a petrol or diesel car to an electric one is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Electric vehicles are considerably cheaper to run and miles better for the environment. As demand has increased there is now a growing second-hand market, offering a more affordable option than buying new. If you’re interested in finding out more about low-emission cars the Energy Saving Trust has lots of useful information.

In June 2023, the Council approved its first ever EV Charging Strategy, setting out the Council’s approach to encouraging and accelerating the transition to electric vehicles in the city. This will include providing charge points in car parks, for the use of residents without access to a private chargepoints, businesses and visitors to the city. These chargepoints should complement and support the provision of charging infrastructure by other organisations.  

Worcester City Council has nine new charge points in St Martins Gate car park in the city centre, including 6 50kW rapid chargers.

Following a successful application to the ORCS fund, there are four EV charge points in King Street car park with more to follow in Tallow Hill car park.

EV Charging point in Kings Street car park

A resident's permit scheme is available for those living within 1km of Tallow Hill, King Street and St Martin’s Gate car parks, enabling them to park for free whilst charging overnight.

Visit Zapmap website for more information on charging locations in your local area.