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Electric Vehicle Charging Points expanding across Devon, new map reveals

Published: 3 November 2021

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A digital map displaying all of the 403 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging bays being delivered by Devon’s councils has been added to the Devon Climate Emergency (DCE) website.

The map includes six Electric Vehicle Park & Plug charge points in Exeter, provided by the City Council. The points – providing 14 charging bays - are free to use when using the City Council-run car parks, where they are located. 

The Council also has charge points at the Civic Centre, Belle Isle and Exton Road Depot to charge its own fleet of vehicles.

Cllr Rachel Sutton, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Net Zero Exeter 2030, said: “It’s great that the network of charging points is expanding across Exeter and Devon. We’re delighted to be playing our part in the city and we hope that as more points come on board, more people will make the switch to electric vehicles. This is a significant step towards making the city net zero by 2030.”

All the bays located on the map across the county will be delivered by December 2022. They will be for public use and spread over 168 locations throughout Devon.

The delivery of a network of EV chargers is a key part of the Carbon Plan being drawn up by the DCE, a partnership of councils, public bodies, voluntary and business groups.

To ensure that Devon becomes net-zero by 2050 at the latest, emissions generated by vehicles must be reduced. At the moment, 27 per cent of all carbon emissions in Devon are generated by on-road transportation.

The bays listed include both on street and off-street carpark-based facilities, some of which are already operational, being delivered by DCE partners.

These partners include Dartmoor National Park, Devon County Council, Exeter City Council, West Devon Borough Council, East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, and Torridge District Councils and Torbay and Plymouth City Council unitary authorities.

The icons on the map are colour-coded to inform the public of the operational status of each facility and location. By clicking on an icon, it will also reveal when it is due to be activated if it is not already in service.

Included are the 150 on-street charging bays are being delivered by Rapid Charging Devon, a consortium of private sector companies and Devon County Council. This project is funded by Innovate UK and some sites will include a hireable electric Co-car.

A further 150 charging bays are within district-council owned car parks and form part of the Deletti project, a European funded partnership of district councils and Devon County Council. Half of these will be online by next June and the remainder by December 2022.

Also listed are facilities councils have delivered  independent of the Deletti project.

Dartmoor National Park Authority has installed two fast charging bays at the Haytor Visitor Centre.

Once on-line, all of the sites will be available for the general public to use.

The map will be frequently updated as partners install more charge points. For the definitive map of all electric vehicle charging bays in Devon and the UK, use a dedicated charge point mapping service like Zap Map.

Dr Phil Norrey, chairman of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group, said: “To reduce carbon emissions, it is vital that we embrace the use of EVs. This was recognised at the recent Citizen’s Assembly when one of the most heavily supported recommendations was that Devon’s local authorities needed to deliver a network of charge points to help people make that transition.

“These charging points are an example of Devon’s local authorities working together to ensure that this vital infrastructure is put in place.”

You can find the map on the DCE’s website.

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