Electric vehicles

Find information on electric vehicles in West Sussex.

1 Overview

Find information about:

  • our strategy for supporting the adoption of electric vehicles across the county
  • the action we are taking
  • the grants you can apply for to support you in installing a charge point at your home or business
  • registering your interest in installing a charger near you.

2 Electric Vehicle Strategy

In December 2019 we approved an Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy. It was drafted by an elected member of the Task and Finish Group who considered residents opinions expressed via a resident survey asking what would help people switch to electric vehicles, and a later full consultation on the draft strategy.

The Strategy sets out a vision that will enable West Sussex residents, when travelling in a car or small van, to choose ultra-low emission vehicles and travel in a carbon neutral way. To achieve the vision we have three highly ambitious aims.

  1. 70% of all new cars in the county to be electric by 2030.
  2. To put a sufficient charging infrastructure in place to support the vehicles predicted to be reliant on public infrastructure charging points.
  3. To ensure a renewable energy source for all charging points is enabled by us.

The strategy commits us to:

  • enable a charging infrastructure to be installed on our land and on public highways for public use
  • engage with partners to enable a charging network that uses all public and community land
  • ensure residents and businesses understand the options for and benefits of EV ownership
  • make residents and businesses aware of available grants
  • demonstrate where residents and businesses can find charging points.

Although ambitious, the strategy takes a cautious approach in investing limited County Council funds in this rapidly evolving area. It also recognises that we are not best placed to stay on the cutting edge of technology development. We will therefore be looking for a market-based supplier to work with us to deliver our ambition across the county.

3 Our fleet

In the spring of 2018 we replaced four of our petrol pool vehicles with four electric cars. In mid-2019 two of the vans used by our couriers were replaced with electric equivalents.

We have installed two fast chargers and one rapid charger at County Hall, Chichester, to support these vehicles.

We will be assessing the performance of these vehicles to understand the business model to replace further vehicles in future.

4 Owning and driving an electric vehicle

If you currently drive a petrol or diesel vehicle you could save money and cut pollutants by switching to electric.

The distance that electric vehicles (EV) can travel is gradually increasing due to improvements in battery technology.

Electric vehicles:

  • pay no road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty)
  • benefit from reduced company car tax
  • are exempt from the congestion charging scheme if you travel into relevant areas outside of West Sussex.

A hybrid is a vehicle that normally has a diesel or petrol engine and an electric motor.

The Zap Map website provides information about electric vehicles. It has an interactive map showing charge point locations and lots of supporting information on charging EVs to help current or prospective EV drivers to make more informed choices.

5 Funding to help you install a charger

Funding to help you install a charging point at home

The Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has made funding available to private households so they can apply for off-street charging infrastructure.

To be eligible, the address where the recharging unit will be installed must have designated private, off-street parking, with good access for an eligible vehicle to be charged safely.

The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme provides grant funding of up to 75% (capped at £500, including VAT) towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at eligible domestic properties across the UK.

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (GOV.UK) (external link)

Funding to help you install charging points at work

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles also offers funding to organisations to pay for the installation of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure at workplaces. The Workplace Charging Scheme is a voucher-based scheme, designed to provide eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge points.

The grant contribution is limited to £500 for each socket, up to a maximum of 20 across all sites for each application (for example, the maximum amount that a business could receive through the scheme is £10,000).

Workplace Charging Scheme and application form (GOV.UK) (external link)

6 Register your interest in a charging point

We are committed to enabling a comprehensive public charging network with a good geographical spread across the county. However, our focus will be on areas where residents cannot make the switch to electric vehicles without access to a public network, such as people without access to off-road parking.

If you already own an electric vehicle, or are considering buying one, please let us know by completing the form below. It will help us map demand and plan where new charge points are needed.

Please note that completing this form does not automatically mean that an electric charging point will be installed at your requested location.

Register your interest (external link)
Last updated:
14 January 2020
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