Council plans 200 more electric charging points across Brighton and Hove

More than 200 electric car charging points could be fitted to lampposts across Brighton and Hove in the next four months.

Most of the charging points would enable drivers to charge their car over four to eight hours, with overnight charging permitted.

Of the 207 charging points, 33 are planned in areas of high demand next to parking bays where only electric vehicles would be allowed to park.

And four hubs – each with three rapid charging points – would cater for the taxi trade, allowing cabbies to charge their vehicles half an hour or less.

The planned sites are in Morley Street, Preston Park and the Racecourse, in Brighton, and at Portslade Town Hall.

Councillors are being asked to sign off the details of the £870,000 scheme next week, after Brighton and Hove Council agreed a five-year contract with a company called Electric Blue.

The firm is contributing about £220,000 towards the network while the government is putting in £650,000 through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Drivers will pay 28p per kilowatt hour (kw/h) – about twice the price of electricity supplied to homes in Brighton and Hove.

The council will receive a percentage, starting at 1p per kw/h in the first year and rising to 4p per kw/h in the fourth year of the contract.

A report to the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee said that the proposed charging point sites were chosen to reflect the number of requests from the public. Many were from people with no off-street parking.

A community-run website called Electric Brighton will provide online information about where drivers can charge their cars. There is talk of an app too.

The report said: “The number of electric vehicle models manufactured is set to expand dramatically over the next few years.

“The lack of local overnight on-street charging facilities is a significant barrier to purchasing an electric vehicle for many residents, particularly for those without off-street parking.”

Drivers who want a charging point near their home can email electric.vehicles@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

The council is applying for more OLEV funding to expand the network.

The Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee is due to meet at Hove Town Hall next Tuesday (8 October). The meeting is scheduled to start at 4pm and should be open to the public.

  1. SamC Reply

    Not only taxi drivers need fast charge facilities. We need more than 3 rapid charging points. Norton Rd Carpark could do with a few. Also allowe pivate property owners to install and “sell” electricity from their own driveways.

  2. Dave Reply

    No idea why people can’t have them installed on there terraced house front wall and take royalties from other charging. This would make a roll out so attractive and you’d get so many more people choosing electric.
    I am in the market for a new car and live on a terraced street like the vast majority of the residents in Brighton. I want an electric car as my commute is 10 miles each way, however nowhere I can charge it without hanging an extension lead out my window… Someone show some leadership

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