EV charging firm Ubitricity will install 300 on-street electric car charging points across Liverpool, trebling the city’s public network.
The additional charging points will increase Liverpool City Council's network from 150 to 450 devices, giving the authority the third largest public network in the UK after London and Coventry.
Residents and businesses owners across the city were able to put forward suggestions as to where the new charging points should be installed. Liverpool City Council said it has been receiving more than 10 requests per week for new charging devices.
The latest rollout is part of a two-part project between Ubitricity and Liverpool City Council that will eventually see the charging firm take over the repair of existing devices.
Liverpool City Council is aiming to address the north-south divide in EV adoption by investing in charging infrastructure, with the move supporting its ambitions to become carbon net zero by 2030.
The new Ubitricity charge points offer speeds of up to 5kW and are installed directly on to an existing street lamppost. Liverpool City Council says the new charges will be implemented in “key residential and commercial locations”, allowing people to charge their electric vehicles on the street where they live.
Commenting on the new Ubitricity chargers, Liverpool City Council's Dan Barrigton said: “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.”
Liverpool City Council added that its aim is to make charging accessible to all residents, with a particular focus on EV drivers who do not have access to private off-street parking and a home charger.