Charging of electric cars in the city “jumped” – deputies are discussing the expansion of the infrastructure to keep up with demand.

Brighton and Hove Electric vehicle (EV) charging is on the rise in Brighton and Hove, the city council said.

Next week, members of the environment, transport and sustainable development committee will receive an update on the use of electric vehicles and will be asked to approve recommendations aimed at increasing the number of charging points.

The council said this would include taking steps to procure and enter into a new concession contract, divided into three lots, for the supply, installation, maintenance and operation of electric vehicle charging points for a period of ten years.

He added that an independent analysis showed the city is one of the most prepared areas in the country for electric vehicles and that more than three-quarters of residents without on-street parking now live within a five-minute walk of an electric vehicle charging point.

In 2019, the council signed a five-year contract with EB Charging (soon to be renamed Blink Charging) and since then more than 350 public charging points have been installed.

In 2022, the council hit a milestone by supplying more than one million kilowatt-hours of electricity to vehicles – it said usage of the points had more than doubled in the past year.

According to the Department of Transport, more than two thousand electric cars are registered in the country Brighton and Hove, and this number could reach 27,000 by 2028.

If approved, the measures outlined in the report will at least:

  • Triple the number of lamppost chargers (approximately 12 hours to fully charge) from 300 to 900
  • Increase the number of fast chargers (approximately six hours for a full charge) from 100 to more than 300
  • Increase the number of quick chargers (approximately one hour for a full charge) from six to 100.
  • This will increase the current weekly city charging capacity on our public network from 4,000 to 32,000 vehicles.

Councilor Steve Davies, who co-chairs the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “We are already one of the best cities in the UK for charging electric and hybrid vehicles and we are seeing a big increase in the use of our public charging. points.

“For those who need to drive, the future is electric and the number of electric vehicles on the road is increasing. We’ve made great progress so far, but we need to do more, so I’m pleased to see the recommendations for expansion in this report.”

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