Bath & North East Somerset Council considers trial of on-street electric vehicle charging cable channels
A decision on whether to run a trial of on-street cable channels that would enable residents to charge electric vehicles safely from their homes is going before a Bath & North Somerset Council cabinet member.
A report on the proposed 18-month trial which would allow residents with no off-street parking to charge vehicles from their home energy supply is being considered by Councillor Sarah Warren, deputy leader and cabinet member for Climate and Sustainable Travel.
Councillor Warren is being recommended to approve the trial of three different charging cable channels which would be installed within the footway, offering residents an alternative to trailing cables across the pavement, which is prohibited and causes accessibility issues.
The new cable channel products would be trialled with 60 participants to:
- identify if they are acceptable
- provide an alternative to dangerous trailing cables
- inform a future offer for residents to apply for a cable channel
Currently residents can charge electric vehicles at public off-street chargers, including those in council car parks, but there is no provision for on-street charging.
The report going before Councillor Warren for a single member decision can be viewed on the Weekly List.
If the trial is approved, the council would then provide further information on how people can take part in the scheme.
Revive and PodPoint charging networks can be found in council car parks and Park and Ride locations. There is also a growing network of community-based charge points. Please visit the council’s Charging your electric vehicle page for more information.