Project to install electric car charge points across Devon starts this month

Posted on: 1 October 2019

A two-year £1.3m project to install at least 25 electric vehicle charge points for public use in car parks across Devon begins this month.

Once complete the Devon Low-carbon Energy & Transport Technology Innovator (DELETTI) programme will prevent more than 300 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year.

The project follows Devon County Council securing a grant of £817,712 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The project is being led by Devon County Council in partnership with East Devon District Council (EDDC), North Devon District Council, South Hams District Council, Teignbridge District Council and West Devon District Council and is scheduled to be complete by December 2021.

The charge points will be installed in key carparks in Devon’s largest communities.
These include Exeter, Barnstaple, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Honiton, Seaton, South Molton, Ilfracombe, Totnes, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Tavistock, Okehampton, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Dawlish, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot.

The charge points themselves will be powered by renewable energy. These could be in the form of solar carports – solar panels mounted on frames to enable cars to park underneath and recharge is one possibility.

In July DCC announced a project to deliver 150 new charge points in Exeter through the StreetHubz project. StreetHubz is private-sector led project by Zapinamo and Gamma Energy.

Devon is the fourth largest county in the UK but there is currently only 30 publicly accessible charge points in Devon.

Once both schemes are completed the number of public charge points in Devon would increase fivefold.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for the

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Environment said:
“The government has committed to banning the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, but long before that we want more people to start using electric vehicles.
“It’s been difficult to encourage more people to use electric cars until there are more charging points, and more charging points won’t be provided until there are more electric cars on the road.
“This partnership with the district councils helps break that cycle. Fewer petrol and diesel cars will lead to a reduction in emissions, cleaner air and an improved quality of life for residents.”

6 comments on “Project to install electric car charge points across Devon starts this month

  1. Simmons says:

    Just put in an order for an ev, taking the leap despite having to rely on public charge points as we have on street residential parking. Any updates on locations of the new EV charge points please? Any govt or hospitals where residents (with no driveway) may charge up?

    • david.beasley says:

      Thanks for your message. This scheme is in partnership with the district councils and, as far as this project is concerned, the charge points will be in their carparks. We are working on a finalised location list and we hope they will be delivered from early next year. We are also working with a private consortium on more charge points in Exeter, and this has a similar timescale. Next month we will launch a public consultation asking drivers about their driving habits – this will help inform us where future EV points should be placed and we would be grateful for your input. This will support a future funding bid for a further project. Unfortunately I don’t know the plans the NHS and government buildings have for EV points, but this external website can tell you where existing EV points are located.https://www.zap-map.com/live/

  2. Alan Depledge says:

    Is there a date for the installation of charging points for Dartmouth yet? As previous commentators on this site have mentioned, without public charging points people are reluctant to buy EVs. Still none in this town.

    • david.beasley says:

      Hi Alan,

      Thanks for your interest. As far as this project is concerned there is no date yet – i’ll post any updates as soon as I have them.

  3. Alan Depledge says:

    This is really good news for EV owners and prospective ones. The sooner the better and the fact they will be renewably powered is even better. Now the only thing is, to make sure they are efficient, robust and enforced against ICEing.

  4. Jeremy Ebdon says:

    This is good and welcome news.

    However installing only 25 chargers across Devon (acknowledging the other 150 to go in Exeter) in a little over a 2 year period seems a bit slow. And it certainly won’t be a sufficient volume of chargers. This is very much the tip of the iceberg.

    As a resident of Exeter who has to walk my children through the AQMA at the junction of Honiton and Sidmouth Road I can tell you how foul the air is in the morning rush hour. Have a listen to this if you wish to appreciate the damage it is causing https://fullycharged.show/podcasts/podcast-36/

    I very much hope that you will be looking at installing chargers at our popular tourist destinations too to reduce the CO2 etc. generated via tourism, especially on our beach car parks. I’ve tried persuading some private car park owners to get on with it but I just don’t think they get it. I think you need to get that sector on board with the programme somehow.

    Keep up the good work though.

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