New drive to accelerate use of electric vehicles in Norfolk

A new drive to accelerate the use of electric vehicles in Norfolk is being considered by the county council’s cabinet.

A report says more charging points could be provided on Norwich streets, at village halls and community hubs and in parking spaces for every new house.

In April there were already 2,631 electric vehicles registered across Norfolk – with 22% in South Norfolk and only five per cent in Great Yarmouth.

There are also relatively few public chargers, with Norwich home to 44 of the 198 currently across Norfolk as a whole.

Councillor Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “We’re determined to reach our carbon net zero target by 2030 and the council wants to play its part in accelerating the move to electric vehicles.

“I want to ensure that the necessary charging infrastructure is in place and set a good example to local businesses and organisations by electrifying our own fleet.”

The report says electric vehicles currently make up 0.6% of the total vehicles on the road in Norfolk in 2020 but is set to increase tenfold by 2025, before rapidly increasing to 27% by 2030.

The electric vehicle strategy is one part of the work underway by the county council to achieve its ambitious target of net zero carbon by 2030. The strategy will complement other sustainable transport initiatives to boost active travel and cut carbon outputs, such as the hire schemes for e-scooters and e-bikes in Great Yarmouth and Norwich, and new zero emission buses.

The council’s infrastructure and development select committee supported the report when it met earlier this month.

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