New electric vehicle charging partnership in Southampton

Southampton City Council has just completed a partnership with NewMotion to install 30 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points across five city-centre multi-storey car parks.

The project has made charging points widely available throughout the city to encourage the take-up of EVs, with the scheme being delivered in just six weeks, as the charging points are able to use the car parks’ existing electrical grids.

Southampton’s goal is to be one of only five places in the UK to introduce emission zones on diesel vehicles in 2020, with the charging infrastructure move part of Southampton City Council’s ‘Clean Air
Strategy’ mission. To motivate others to use EVs, Southampton City Council also plans to reduce parking charges and bridge tolls.

Christopher Hammond, cabinet member for Sustainable Living, said: “The city council is fully committed to reducing air pollution from exhaust emissions from vehicles in the city. Facilitating the uptake of electric vehicles is part of our Clean Air Strategy and these 30 chargers are the first of a city-wide network which we’ll deliver.”

Southampton City Council currently has six EVs in its fleet, and plans for 20 per cent of the fleet to be electric by 2020.