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A major public market research initiative has been launched to help inform the future development of the West of England region’s chargepoint network for electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles, alongside buses, bicycles and walking are an important component of improving air quality across the region.

The organisations running the project want to hear views from any current user of the network – or people who would like to operate an electric vehicle in the future – on how the regions electric chargepoint network should be run, managed and supported going forward.

The market research process includes a survey and focus groups, and is run by Cenex with the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Cenex and EST are working together to strategically assess the existing chargepoint network, identify any issues, and find where additional infrastructure needs to go.

If you live or work in the West of England and would like to contribute your thoughts to the research, please follow this link to take part in the survey. Completing the survey should take no more than ten minutes and, upon completion, those responding will be able to enter a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 Amazon shopping voucher. 

The focus groups are due to take place during the week of the 19th of February 2018. If you would like to take part in the focus group sessions, please email Energy Saving Trust at with the subject “West of England EV Focus Group” and we will be in touch with more details.

In January 2016, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced that the West of England authorities[1] – had been awarded £7.1million of funding over five years for the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) programme.The programme will promote and increase the uptake of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, across the region as part of OLEV’s ambition to have virtually zero emissions on Britain’s roads by 2050. Other initiatives supported by the GULW programme include electric bike hire in Bath and electric car clubs across the West of England.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy for Bristol City Council, added;

“Bristol has a proud history of leading by example in the action against climate change and has committed to be a city that runs entirely on clean energy by 2050.The move towards electric vehicles is one that the council is keen to support and will help us to make significant improvements to our air quality. As well as upgrading our own vehicle fleet, we’re determined to meet local demand for charging points to enable as many local residents and businesses as possible to own and run electric vehicles in the future.”

The online survey asks questions related to how the network is run, accessed, experiences, and people’s driving habits, such as vehicle type, mileage etc. The survey is live until Friday 9th March and everyone taking part will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of Amazon vouchers.

To complete the online survey, visit:

Focus groups will be held during the week of 19th of February 2018, and anyone interested in attending should email

[1] Participating local authorities are Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

[1] Participating local authorities are Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Cenex and the Energy Saving Trust procured by Bristol City Council to garner people’s views in a major regional study of electric vehicle charging.

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