Coventry City Council has announced plans to significantly invest in charging infrastructure for electric vehicles…
An Electrified Coventry
Coventry City Council has announced plans to install an impressive 400 chargers for electric vehicles; with the ultimate aim of making the low-emission vehicles suitable for anyone in the city. It’s bidding for funding from the Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles in order to proceed with the plans. As of now, the city has 401 charging points.
There are also plans to electrify the city’s bus system. It’s hoped that, by 2025, there will be 290 all-electric buses; with a carpark being transformed into a charging facility specifically for them. Overall, the schemes are expected to save 24,000 tones of carbon dioxide and 55 tonnes of nitrogen dioxide each and every year.
Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for city services, commented on the schemes. She said, “this is really exciting news for Coventry and two fantastic steps towards becoming an all-electric city. We are making sure that the city is ready to switch to electric vehicles, which are better for the environment and our health”.
She added, “the new charging points will help to ensure that more local people without a private drive can charge an electric vehicle, and the new bus charging station means that our public transport network can get ready to go electric, reducing emissions and future-proofing Coventry”.
Whilst Coventry is going all-in with electric vehicles, it’s just one of many British cities making significant investments. Many of them are, in fact, legally obligated to improve local air quality; and EVs are seen as one of their best bets.
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