EIGHT thousand households in the Bournemouth area will have electric charging points in their driveways in five years’ time, with 600 more chargers sited on the area’s roads.

The figures come from power supplier Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), which is preparing for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to be banned in a decade.

Richard Hartshorn, the company’s electric vehicle readiness manager, told the Daily Echo: “We need everything ready to be sure that when people want to put their charging points in, they can – but also to support that transition so it doesn’t leave anyone behind.”

Its figures were based on the assumption that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles would end in 2035. It is to update the projections following the government’s announcement that the date would be brought forward to 2030.

In Bournemouth, SSEN expects the number of off-street chargers at people’s homes to rise from a little over 800 now to 8,000 by 2025 and to 24,000 by 2030. By 2036, it expects there to be 40,000.

On-street chargers are set to rise from a few dozen currently to 600 by 2025 and 1,700 by 2030.

SSEN – which will provide the cables and power to allow for the installation of charging points – welcomed the government’s decision to bring forward the switch.

“We’ve been calling for this date since June, when we published a document called Accelerating a Green Recovery,” said Mr Hartshorn.

“In order to meet the ambition, there needs to be a lot of infrastructure.

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“We feel very strongly about making sure this transition works in a way that doesn’t leave anyone behind,” he added.

He said there were a large number of homes which did not have off-street parking. Solutions could include using car parks as overnight charging points.

He said there would be government support for a “smooth and fair transition” to low emission vehicles.

“The government have shown that they are prepared to help all the different industries make that a reality. The government has said there was £60million to support people buying electric vehicles or low emission vehicles,” he said.

He said the company was committed to reaching rural addresses as well as town centres.

“We’re determined to try and make amends for the previous challenge of getting broadband rollout. This is a chance for us to show that utilities can do it properly,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a cable that goes to three houses stuck out in a little hamlet or whether it’s got a couple of hundred houses in the middle of Christchurch. It doesn’t mater for us – the main thing is all customers are connected.”





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