Eastleigh is trialling on-street electric vehicle charge points as part of a pilot scheme in partnership with Hampshire County Council.
From next month, fifty charging points will be installed in Eastleigh and Winchester as part of a drive to reduce carbon emissions across Hampshire. Eastleigh’s will be installed in roadside bollards, whilst Winchester will have charging points in streetlamp columns.
A successful funding bid to the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles attracted a £125,000 grant for the project, which was also funded by the County Council.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Lead for Transport, Councillor David Airey said: “The Council is committed to tackling the climate emergency and we are pleased to support this exciting initiative to trial on-street electric charging that will help to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in Eastleigh. We will be supporting our residents through the process of these charging points being installed. The trial will be testing the effectiveness of on-street vehicle charging parking and will complement the rapid charging points that we are also installing across the Borough.”
Eastleigh Borough Council has surveyed residents on where charging points should be located around the Borough. It is already installing eight charging points across four of its car parks as part of its aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Residents across Hampshire are being encouraged to fill out a survey on the County Council’s website to identify locations where there is demand for EV charge points.