North Northamptonshire Council set to receive nearly £3m for electric vehicle infrastructure

North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) will receive a funding boost from central Government to help deliver a network of publicly available electric charging points across the local area.

The council were provisionally allocated £2,895,000 of funding and had to provide a business case on how the funding would be spent. This business case has now been approved and NNC will receive all of the allocated funding.

The funding will be used to deliver a network of publicly available electric vehicle charging points to all 12 towns across North Northamptonshire, with a particular focus on supporting residents who are not able to charge an electric vehicle at home.

Recent figures indicate there are currently 169 charge points in North Northamptonshire, the council are planning to raise this to at least 250 by the end of 2025.

Cllr Matt Binley, the council’s Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets, said: “As a council we have been taking a detailed look at our electric vehicle infrastructure and consulted on our draft strategy last year. We are conscious of the expected rise in the number of electric vehicle users and want to ensure that our infrastructure can keep up with demand.

“The funding we are now set to receive from Government will make a massive difference and help facilitate our electric vehicle infrastructure strategy.”

Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council, said: “With this funding provided by Government, we are now well positioned to extend the local electric charging network. This supports residents who are looking to switch to electric vehicles and in turn contributes to our overall goal to make North Northamptonshire net zero.

“This funding will be integral in helping us towards our goal of having 80% of residents, without off-street parking, within 250m of a public electric vehicle charging point by the end of 2029.”

Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Anthony Browne said: “This Government has a plan to help speed up the installation of EV chargepoints, which we’re getting on and delivering.

“This dedicated funding to local councils is part of our plan to ensure people can switch from a petrol or diesel car to an EV when they choose to do so.”

Residents can find their nearest on-street electric vehicle charging point on the North Northamptonshire Council website.

 

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