Local Transport Plan Team
Plymouth Transport & Highways
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Cleaner vehicles strategy
There is growing concern with regard to the environmental impacts of climate change, both now and for the longer term. The transport sector is the primary contributor to the problem. National and European governments and international agencies have sought to address the impact of greenhouse gases from the transport industry as a priority.
At a local level the Local Transport Plan (LTP) recognises the contribution that vehicles powered by more environmentally-friendly fuels to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles can have in enabling the city to meet its economic and environmental objectives.
To ensure that appropriate attention and priority is given a Cleaner Vehicles Strategy (CVS) has been produced. The CVS will provide the framework to allow increased public use of low emission vehicles in the city with a number of actions to help guide and support this.
The CVS has a strong focus on electric cars because this is widely acknowledged as the technology that offers the best emission figures when compared to the other technologies available and has been given the greatest level of investment from the Government to accelerate use and ownership.
The availability of publicly-accessible charging infrastructure at key destinations is essential to increasing electric vehicle use. Therefore, included as part of the CVS is a proposed programme for the provision of publicly-accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles at key sites in the city.
Public consultation on the draft Cleaner Vehicles Strategy is now closed.
Plymouth Public Sector Charge Point Bid
The Council was successful in its bid to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for grant funding to install charging facilities for electric cars at many of the city's key sites. The bid was developed in partnership with Amey PLC, Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth Community Healthcare, Devonport Dockyard and Naval Base and City College Plymouth. The aim of the funding is to accelerate electric vehicles becoming part of organisations vehicle fleets and to enable staff and customers to charge their vehicles whilst at work or visiting the premises. Many of the charge points sites will also be accessible by the general public.
Sites include the city centre car parks, the park and ride sites, Derriford Hospital, Mount Gould and Cumberland Health Centres, Devonport Dockyard and Naval Base and City College Plymouth.
It is the intention that the facilities will be installed over the next 18 months. Information on progress will be provided here.
Rapid Charge PointsThe Council was also a partner to Cornwall Council's Rapid Charge bid that has also been awarded funding. Rapid charge facilities are to be installed at 29 sites across the south west including two within Plymouth, at Marsh Mills and in the city centre. Rapid chargers enable a car to be fully charged within 20 minutes and will enable longer distance journeys to be made by electric vehicle users. Again the facilities are intended to be installed over the next 18 months.
Domestic Off Street Charge Point Grant FundingThe OLEV have extended to March 2015 their grant funding stream to homeowners who wish to install dedicated off street charging facilities for electric and plug-in vehicles. A maximum of £1000 can be claimed for each chargepoint installed before September 2014 with £900 available to be claimed between September and March 2015. The guidance on how to claim is available below.
To support this a list of accredited charge point suppliers is also available on the GOV.UK website.