Release date: 20 August 2020
Plans for a countywide charging network for electric vehicles in West Sussex have taken a step forward.
West Sussex County Council, in partnership with Horsham, Adur and Worthing, Mid Sussex, Arun and Crawley district and borough councils have just released a tender to secure a supplier who will work with us to plan, then fund, install, market and operate a publicly accessible chargepoint network across the county.
Key to our requirements is that the network is affordable, widely accessible and recognisable, and in line with our carbon reduction objectives, will use renewable energy to power it.
Once in place the contract will also be made available to all not for profit community landowners within the county.
This work helps to deliver the County Council’s Electric Vehicle Strategy which was adopted in 2019, and help realise its ambitious vision for electric vehicle take up across the county.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I am delighted to be working with the district and borough councils on this project. Under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2019, the Government plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles aims for all vehicles to be low emission by 2050. We need to ensure the county is prepared.
“By working together we have a very attractive offer for suppliers, which in turn will mean that we can offer the best solution possible for West Sussex residents.”
West Sussex County Council is working in partnership with:
• Adur District Council
• Arun District Council
• Crawley Borough Council
• Horsham District Council
• Mid Sussex District Council
• Worthing Borough Council
We expect to have a supplier in place by 2021.