Coventry’s most polluting road has been boosted with new electric vehicle charging points.
Thirty on-street charging points have been installed in the area of Holyhead Road – a main arterial route into the city which was named as the most polluting in the West Midlands.
The road has an annual average nitrogen dioxide (NO2) level of 75.6 ug/mg3 which is almost double the government’s 40uk/m3 levels, according to campaign group Friends of the Earth.
The road has been specifically targeted for the new charging points by UK-based EV infrastructure company Connected Kerb and Coventry City Council.
The charging points include air quality sensors to provide real-time data on pollution levels.
“The purpose of this installation is to provide Coventry residents with the convenience of home charging, so that the switch to an electric vehicle becomes a viable option for them”, said Connected Kerb’s CEO, Chris Pateman-Jones.
“Our research has found that 80% of current EV drivers charge at home. This is easy enough if you have a driveway, but 45% of the population do not.
“These chargers are placed on-street where drivers already park their cars, meaning they can charge overnight without any change in routine.”
Drivers will be able to begin charging by downloading Connected Kerb’s mobile app, or through contactless payment.
Existing residential parking arrangements have not been impacted, as the charge points are deployed in groups of six to provide drivers with access to a charge point when required, without the need to create ‘EV only’ parking bays.
Coventry has taken steps to move to electric transport.
A scrutiny meeting at the city council this month heard the city is expected to have 267 charging points by the end of July with a further 100 likely by the end of March next year, giving it the second highest number of charging points outside of London.
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Coventry council is also bidding to make Coventry Britain’s first ‘all-electric bus city’, having made a £50m bid under the government’s Better Deal for Bus Users scheme which would lead to 315 all-electric buses to help reduce emissions.
The city has been ordered by the government to reduce levels of NO2 and the council has had its Air Quality Action Plan accepted earlier in February, which includes a range of road alterations, a Coundon cycle lane, and further funding for electric buses.
Cllr Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, said: “This scheme gives drivers in the local area the opportunity to access electric charging points and will help to encourage the gradual ownership of electric vehicles.
“This is an important programme and Coventry already has one of the largest networks of electric vehicle charge points in any city outside London.
“This roll-out is part of our wider programme to reduce air pollution in the city – without the need for a Clean Air Zone in the city.”