Public electric vehicle charging survey
We need your help to plan the future provision of electric vehicle chargers in our car parks. Let us know what you think by taking a short survey.
In July 2019 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency, recognising the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence pointing towards the impact we are all having on climate change. The Council agreed to take the lead on reducing the borough’s carbon emissions and has been exploring how to improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support residents to purchase cleaner vehicles.
We have been working with Kent County Council to increase the numbers of electric vehicle charging points in the borough. A Kent-wide procurement tender to provide them in our car parks has already been issued and we are exploring government funding opportunities to help pay for the costs of installation. The infrastructure can be expensive, and the technology is still developing, so we need to gauge demand and ensure sufficient supply of charging points, whilst achieving value for money for residents. We want to be sure that the chargers we install are used and have the latest technology.
We already have charge points in Crescent Road, Great Hall, and Yew Tree Road car parks. They can all be used during the day or overnight, as all these car parks are open 24 hours. The Council has also partnered with Kent County Council to provide rapid vehicle and taxi charging on street in Mount Pleasant Road in Royal Tunbridge Wells and in Commercial Road East car park in Paddock Wood. They will be available soon.