Electric car charging points are springing up around the borough in the drive to provide motorists with the energy they need.
Work is currently underway in Godalming’s Waitrose car park to install new electric points.
On-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points are now live in three towns in Waverley.
Motorists 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 Haslemere. And more elsewhere. They also exist in the following in these locations:
- Crown Court, Godalming
- High Street, Haslemere
- Stocklund Square, Cranleigh
- The Burys, Godalming (weekends only)
- Riverside 3, Farnh
EV chargers will be installed elsewhere to support the increasing uptake of electric vehicles.
EV chargers on roads
Waverley’s Housing department has installed another EV charger. Working with Joju, EV chargers to provide a charger in Queensway, in Cranleigh
It will only take a couple of hours for the 22-kilowatt charging points to charge up to 80% of an EV battery at 30p per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (based on a Nissan Leaf 2018 with a battery capacity of 40 kWh).
A trial last year was funded by Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Surrey County Council, and Guildford, Spelthorne, Waverley and Woking Borough Councils. There will eventually be 20 charging points in each participating borough.
The trial reveals key issues to on-street charging and the impact of installing chargers – such as the cost, policies, public support and maintenance. It provides first-hand experience of installation, analysis of usage patterns and effects on air quality. The lessons learnt will inform the roll-out of charging infrastructure across Surrey.
Councillor Steve Williams, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said:
“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, go to its Sustainability web page.