Liverpool City Council has appointed ubitricity, a wholly own Shell subsidiary, to install a network of 300 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge points – with the locations chosen by residents and businesses.
UK, 19th January 2023: Liverpool City Council has appointed ubitricity, a wholly own Shell subsidiary, to install a network of 300 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge points – with the locations chosen by residents and businesses. The additional charge points are set to treble Liverpool City Council’s existing network of 150 charge points to 450. According to Government statistics from October 2022, this will make Liverpool the third largest public charging network in the UK behind London and Coventry .
By investing in charging infrastructure, Liverpool City Council is looking to address the north-south divide in EV adoption and take a big step towards achieving its carbon net zero target by 2030 . A lack of accessible public EV charging points is a common barrier to EV adoption, and analysis from the Department of Transport found that as of July 2022, the North-West had 76% fewer public EV chargers per 100,000 people than in London .
The rollout comes as part of a two-part project which will see ubitricity take over the repair of Liverpool’s existing charging infrastructure and then rollout more charge points to help enable residents to make a transition to EV. The new ubitricity charge points, which are installed directly into existing street lampposts, charge at a speed of up to 5kW and take just under 2 hours to install . The rollout is planned for key residential and commercial locations, allowing residents to easily charge hybrid and electric vehicles on the street where they live.
After Liverpool City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019, it unveiled its 2030 Net Zero Liverpool Action Plan which laid out a roadmap to tackle its carbon footprint. One of the key aims of this plan, which also includes developing the city’s cycling and walking infrastructure, was to reduce carbon emissions from transport in Liverpool.
Liverpool’s goal is to make EV charging accessible for everyone, with a particular focus on residents who do not have access to private off-street parking and charging. The rollout is lead by community requests, with the Liverpool City Council receiving over 10 requests a week for new public charge points.
Cllr Dan Barrington, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Highways for Liverpool City Council said: “I’m delighted we’ve begun to install this new network of EV charge points as it provides a huge boost in tackling poor air quality and reducing the city’s carbon footprint. This programme puts down a real mark of intent to provide the necessary infrastructure to help the move away from petrol and diesel powered cars. The fact that the roll-out is being led by community requests means the points are going where the demand is needed most which means they’ll be getting maximum usage. And hopefully the demand will grow meaning the need for more charging points to be installed.”
Toby Butler, UK managing director of ubitricity said “Liverpool is investing in an impressive on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging network, making the transition to EV much more accessible to their residents. In line with their plans to reach Net Zero by 2030 Liverpool is helping to lead the country in decarbonising their roads and improving air quality. By creating such a large and accessibly public network, Liverpool City Council is paving the way for the residents of Liverpool who want to switch to EV.”
ubitricity first appeared on Liverpool’s streets in 2018, under the new maintenance contract, ubitricity is looking to dramatically improve the reliability of the existing charge points. The rollout of the new charge points began in late September 2022 and is set to complete in Spring 2023.
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About ubitricity: ubitricity is a member of the Shell Group and sells and operates charging solutions for EVs in public spaces and thus supports cities and municipalities in the rapid expansion of the public charging infrastructure. In addition to AC lamppost charging points, ubitricity also offers AC normal and DC fast charging stations for a user-oriented overall charging mix. In the UK, ubitricity has already installed more than 6,000 charging points, making it the operator of the largest public charging network in the country. www.ubitricity.com
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