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Electric vehicles are the way forward for Solihull

todayMarch 11, 2021

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Following the adoption of Solihull’s Electric Vehicle Strategy, several new electric vehicle (EV) charging points are being installed around the Borough. In this latest wave, Shirley, Knowle, Olton, Elmdon and Dorridge are among the areas to benefit from the new points.

As well as the new installations, nine charge points installed in the north of the Borough under a previous EV car club project are being switched back on, providing even more options for residents who are looking to go electric. This project forms part of the Council’s broader UK Central Solihull programme, which aims to deliver critical infrastructure projects to support sustainable and inclusive growth.

Cllr Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Climate Change, Planning & Housing, said:

“Installation of EV charging points across the Borough is a vital part of our Electric Vehicle Strategy and the desire to achieve net-zero emissions in Solihull by 2041. Transport emissions make up approximately 39% of the Borough’s carbon emissions. Installing these EV charging points is a great start in our commitment to reducing this figure.

“Timing of this rollout couldn’t be better, and infrastructure delivery shows we’re serious about tackling the climate emergency head-on with a policy quickly being followed by on the ground action. We’re inviting residents to help shape our action plan in achieving net-zero emissions, and they can find out more and get involved by visiting https://netzerosolihull.co.uk/.”

The EV charging points’ locations have been carefully considered based on whether there is a demand or expected future demand for electric vehicles in that area, or simply if residents don’t have access to their off-street parking. The Council will continue to engage with residents to understand where there is an appetite to improve the local charging infrastructure as it plans its next round of installations.

The coming years will see a broader shift towards electric vehicles, and the Council’s commitment to tackling climate change supports this. The Solihull Clean Air Strategy, adopted in 2019, ensures a process to continually improve air quality across the Borough.  

 

Written by: David Watkins

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