UK Local Authorities and EV Charging: A Perspective from CTEK
At CTEK, we're at the forefront of sustainable energy solutions, closely observing the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs) as the cornerstone of modern transportation. The commitment from the UK to this green transition isn't merely an environmental endeavour; it's a national initiative. As recognized leaders in EVSE products, we've compiled this guide for local authorities, offering insights and advice for a robust EV charging infrastructure.
Understanding EVSE and Destination Charging
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) is more than just hardware. It's the fusion of advanced components and software that facilitates EV charging. We're proud to provide a range of EVSE solutions at CTEK, designed for optimal charging experiences for users.
With our products and solutions, our partners have the capability to implement Destination Charging, allowing EV chargers to be set up in frequented locations. This means that in places like shopping areas and restaurants, EV owners can conveniently charge while going about their daily activities.
Current Status of EV Charging Units in Local Authorities
As of 1 July 2023, within local authorities in the UK, there were 44,020 public electric vehicle charging devices. 8,461 of these were rapid chargers.
Incorporating EV Charging in Local Authority Areas
Local Car Parks: Spaces managed by local authorities, especially parking areas, are ideal for EV chargers. These locales offer both space and accessibility, making them conducive for charging infrastructures.
Public Places: Areas such as parks, leisure centers, and libraries can be equipped with EV chargers. Doing so not only serves local communities but also attracts visitors, potentially benefiting local businesses.
Workplace charging: Local authorities should establish dedicated charging hubs for their fleet vehicles to ensure streamlined operations and efficient charging cycles.
Considerations for Investment, as Advised by CTEK
Cost-Benefit Analysis: A comprehensive assessment of the costs and benefits is crucial. This includes initial setup costs, operational expenses, potential revenue streams, and the overarching benefits like boosting tourism and reinforcing a green community image.
Load Balancing Systems: As EV charging demand grows, there's a need for a system that evenly distributes power. CTEK products are designed with this balance in mind.
Backend Systems: A solid backend system is essential for managing operations, gathering insights, and scheduling maintenance. Using these systems ensures the smooth operation of charging stations and supports data-driven decision-making.
Choosing the Right EV Charging Boxes: Given the plethora of charging boxes available, choices should be based on expected usage, location specifics, and energy needs. Our CHARGESTORM CONNECTED series at CTEK offers maximum compatibility with cutting-edge features. Universal standards like OCPP and the forward-looking ISO 15118 are pivotal, ensuring broad compatibility and safe communication.
The adoption of electric vehicles by local authorities for their fleets reduces their carbon footprint. Coupled with renewable energy sources for charging, they can significantly decrease emissions, aligning with the broader sustainability goals.
CTEK's Perspective on The LEVI Funding
The UK Government's assertive approach to advancing the EV charging infrastructure is commendable. The inception of the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund, with a sizable budget of £450 million, clearly signifies this dedication.
The additional £56 million, coupled with the participation of 16 more local authorities, maps out the trajectory for a national charge point network. At CTEK, we're excited by this vision and are eager to support its realization with our products.
Allocation of Funds:
£22 million is designated for LEVI pilot areas, further boosted by £17 million from private contributors and £2 million from local government. The £8 million LEVI Capability Fund is set to hone strategies within local authorities. A sum of £7 million to the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) increases its annual budget to £37 million.
The current situation for local authorities is both challenging and filled with opportunity. The swift uptake of EVs across the UK emphasizes the need for a flexible, strategic approach to infrastructure. With unwavering support from the UK government and industry experts like CTEK, local councils are well-positioned to play a significant role. By tapping into financial incentives like the LEVI fund and related initiatives, they can establish the groundwork for a lasting EV charging eco system.
To apply for the LEVI funding or other related grants, local authorities should refer to the official UK government website or liaise with their regional Department for Transport representative. Regular workshops and webinars are also organized to guide authorities through the application process. Collaborating with experienced partners like CTEK can provide additional insights and bolster the chances of successful funding acquisition.