VIEWS SOUGHT ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Wealden District Council, together with Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Rother councils, is seeking your views on the need for electric vehicle charge across East Sussex. 

“The take-up of electric vehicles is predicted to rise sharply in the coming years,” said Councillor Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council. “This will bring environmental benefits, particularly in districts like Wealden. We have long been concerned about ecological effects vehicle emissions may be having on Ashdown Forest.

“We need to plan ahead and look at the provision of electric vehicle charge points. But that process needs to be in step with what our residents are seeking.

“Through this survey, we want to try to understand the charging patterns of existing electric vehicle drivers. It will also look at the potential interest in switching to using an electric vehicle.”

The consultation is being carried out by the five district and borough councils in East Sussex. Views are being sought from those who currently drive electric vehicles as well as from those who don’t.

To take part in the survey, visit http://www.wealden.gov.uk/chargepoints

The availability of publically accessible charge points is seen by many as essential in reducing range anxiety and increasing adoption by new drivers. 

Public car parks, owned by local councils, could have a role to play. The districts and boroughs are also keen to hear suggestions of where good charge point locations might be.

The results of this survey will be used to help assess demand for infrastructure. They will inform the direction of any future projects to facilitate charge point infrastructure in the area.  Any future projects will be dependent on the priorities of individual local authorities.  They will also depend on the availability of funding, land availability and power capacity and may be delivered jointly or individually.

The consultation closes on 18 November 2018.