Increasing pressure from Central Government to support the transition to EVs has left authorities in the difficult position of balancing a variety of needs within limited funding opportunities; Improving access to residents who need public charging with limited profit, attracting residents and visitors to spend in city and town centre locations, and accommodating the needs of the electric business fleet. With so many boxes to tick, it only makes sense that a one-size fits all approach wouldn’t work across an authority.
This paper explores how splitting an authority into “zones” can help form the basis of an EV Charging strategy that services the needs of its residents whilst remaining cost effective.
Using Warwick as our example, we’ve identified 5 zones that we believe can be adapted to fit most local authorities. These zones include:
- Commercial Zones – Areas attractive to CPOs due to high demand/frequent footfall.
- Suburban Zones – Areas with little desire for infrastructure, as they have the space at home to charge
- Public Zones – Commercially unattractive areas, with high demand for public charging at low cost
- Visitor Zones – Commercially attractive areas with higher revenues
- Minimal Need Zones – Areas of limited commercial and social need
Once zones have been identified they can be published as a plan – in a similar way to a council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) so that residents, CPOs and other stakeholders can understand the strategic direction and engage from an informed position.