New electric vehicle chargers to be installed at Worcester car parks

An electric vehicle connected to a charging point

Work starts this week to create 20 new electric vehicle (EV) charging bays in Worcester car parks.

Eight new charging bays are to be created in King Street car park, and a further 12 at Tallow Hill car park.

Work was scheduled to get underway at King Street on Thursday 27 July, with Tallow Hill to follow from Friday 4 August. It is expected to take at least six weeks to install the new charging bays at each site, and during this time a small number of spaces will be out of use.

These latest EV chargers will build on the success of the ones that Worcester City Council already offers in St Martin's Gate car park.

Councillor Karen Lewing, Chair of the Council's Environment Committee, said: "The number of electric vehicles on our streets is growing all the time, as the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030 gets closer.

"That means it's vital that Worcester can provide the vital infrastructure for people to be able to charge their EVs in the city, and this work is an important step in that direction."

At King Street the eight new EV charging bays will replace nine standard parking spaces, while at Tallow Hill, 16 normal parking spaces will be making way for the 12 new EV charging bays.

The two car parks have been selected for this work because they are in areas where residents do not currently have access to off-street charging.

The Council currently offers 12 charging points in St Martin's Gate car park. Since these new terminals went live in October 2021, there have been over 17,032 individual charging sessions at the site, collectively powering electric vehicles to drive over 1,250,469 miles. The carbon saving those charging sessions have produced, in comparison to the use of petrol and diesel vehicles, is the equivalent to the carbon captured by 1,448 trees.

A strategy for the rollout of more EV charging in Worcester was approved by the Council's Environment Committee in June. This sets out how the Council will use the latest data to identify the future uptake of electric vehicles in the city, pinpoint where charging infrastructure is required, and then work with partners to meet that demand.

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