What we’re doing to encourage people and businesses to switch to electric.
As part of creating a better environment, all the West of England’s local authorities are committed to encouraging the widespread use of electric cars, vans and bikes.
Go Ultra Low West is a £7m project that aims to accelerate the purchase of electric vehicles across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.
Public charging network
Informed by market research, over 120 new charge point connections are being installed to double the size of the current public charging network.
The Revive vehicle charging network has been launched, taking over from the previous Source West network – find out more here.
This ensures that owners of electric vehicles will be able to charge at more destinations in the region.
New charging hubs
By 2021, there will be four Rapid Electric Vehicle Charging Hubs in the West of England region. These will work similar to petrol stations, but for electric cars. Drivers will be able to recharge their cars in minutes rather than hours.
- Bristol: Bristol’s Eastville Park Car Park hub was opened in November 2020.
- South Gloucestershire: the rapid charging hub at Bristol and Bath Science Park launched in January 2021.
- North Somerset: Portishead’s new rapid charging hub will open in 2021.
- Bath & North East Somerset: central location in Bath to be announced shortly.
New electric car clubs
We are working with West of England car club providers to install charging points for electric car club vehicles, so that those people who don’t need a car all the time can still benefit from electric technology. Co-Wheels have a fleet of 10 EVs operating in Bristol.
We provide 50% match funding for charge points to be installed in businesses. Grant funds currently available in North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset only.
Each local authority in the West of England is converting a proportion of their diesel and petrol powered fleet to electric.
To date, over 70 electric vehicles have been added to local authorities’ fleets, providing essential services in the cities and countryside of the region.
An opportunity to try out an electric vehicle for two weeks, for only the cost of the electricity used.
This scheme in partnership with Ubeeqo’s E-Car Club, and allows people to experience using an electric vehicle without having to purchase one.