Buckinghamshire Council has received just over £70,000 in funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to support the installation of new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Wendover. The money will be used as match-funding for the council's existing £110,000 investment in their Wendover EV pilot scheme, which aims to promote the use of EVs in the area. The EV pilot scheme will include the installation of approximately 10 on-street lamppost/bollard-style charging points, and around 10 in-pavement cable channels. Both options will offer slow charging suitable for overnight charging of EVs.
As well as providing EV drivers in Wendover with access to on-street charging, the scheme will also reduce the town’s carbon emissions and help improve the air quality. The council is aiming to install the new charging points and cable channels this coming summer. The council will monitor and evaluate the use of these chargers, the impact as well as performance for a minimum of two years after installation.
The in-pavement cable channels are being installed to ensure pedestrian safety, preventing trip hazards from trailing cables across pavements. This will enable homeowners who do not have access to a private driveway to charge their EVs on-street in an easily accessible way.