The commitment is the largest for the expansion of EV charging by a local authority, and will involve chargers being installed both on street locations and in car parks. It will involve around £60 million of investment from Connected Kerb, which offers a range of chargers that range from 7kW to 22kW in speed.
Surrey County Council estimated that there is currently one charger per 9000 residents in the county. The partnership will involve the installation of more than 5000 units, including more than 500 rapid charging points, by 2027.
Notably, the goal is to make one in five of the charging bays accessibly to drivers with disabilities. The firm’s Chameleon on-street charger has been designed to be suitable for those with accessibility needs. The deal will also involve the installation of Gecko on-street chargers, and the wall-mounted Limpet and Scarab units in housing developments.
Connected Kerb boss Chris Pateman-Jones said: “If one local authority can deliver such a significant boost to the UK’s charging network, just imagine what we could achieve by 2030 if every city, county, and combined authority was empowered to do the same.”
Pateman-Jones added: “Although the Government’s estimate of 300,000 chargers by 2030 may feel ambitious, it’s eminently possible – and necessary – to achieve; this deal proves it.”
Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for transport, Matt Furniss, said that working with various firms over the last two years to install more than 100 EV charge points led to the deal with Connected Kerb. He said: “This contract will enable us to expand our network of chargepoints and speed up the installation process, to provide services to our residents faster.”
Connected Kerb, which recently secured a £110 million investment from Aviva Investors, currently offers around 1700 charging points at more than 500 locations across the UK.
Other councils ramp-up EV charge point plans
The Surrey County Council deal is the largest in a number of recent commitments by local authorities to increase charge point provision.
Bury Council recently appointed Be.EV to install more than 30 new units in a deal with more than £9 million over the next two years. The deal will more than double the number of publicly available chargers in Bury, from the currently total of 26.
North Lincolnshire Council has agreed a deal with Ubitricity for the film to install 35 on-street chargers in the region, with residents invited to apply to the council to have one of the 5kW lamppost chargers installed in their area.