Electric Vehicles and Charging

By 2030, there will be no new petrol or diesel cars made.

The UK is ramping up the electrical vehicle charging infrastructure to help transition the uptake of electric vehicles.

As well as looking at electric, at the same time it is looking towards how we can travel differently to reduce the need for electric cars as travelling via public transport and active travel like cycling and walking which have many health benefits.

Did you know?

Its estimated that an average car (40 kWh battery) can travel 65-80 miles on one charge which would cost around £7-8* from empty. Saving roughly £10-15 in comparison filling up a 1.4/1.6 fuel car (of course charging from home will save you even more 😊)

Want to learn more about an electric car, how to use it, how to charge it? Here is an online video - beginners guide – feel free to explore https://level-network.com/learningzone/courses/driving-an-electric-vehicle-a-beginners-guide/

Charging points

The District has reviewed all its council-owned car parks and working with BP Pulse as part of the D2N2 electric vehicle charging network, to make the system accessible for all residents across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Additionally BP Pulse cover 25% costs not supported by grants to ensure these ChargePoint costs are 100% funded.

South Derbyshire District Council now looks after 17 Council public charge points = 1 Rapid charge and 16 fast charge.

What is the difference between types of chargepoints? And where the Council’s supplied chargepoints

  • Rapid Charge = It can take 20-60 minutes to charge a battery.
    • Locations: SDDC Bus Station car park, DE11 0AH **Currently out of use**
  • Fast Charge = It can take 4-6 hours to charge a battery
    • New EV chargepoints in South Derbyshire:
      • Rink Drive, DE11 8JL
      • Arnold Close, DE11 9HF
  • Slow Charge = Normally charging at home can take 6-11 hours to charge a battery (dependant on size).

How much does it cost to charge a car compared to fuel?

It’s estimated that an average car (40 kWh battery) can travel 65-80 miles on one charge which would cost around £7-8* from empty, saving roughly £10-15. In compared to filling up a 1.4/1.6 fuel car (of course charging from home will save you even more 😊)

Local residents can apply for a *D2N2 RFID discount card (yearly charge) at http://www.chargeyourcar.org.uk/d2n2/ where the locations of all of the charge points on the regional network are available. With the D2N2 card there is a £20 yearly fee, however you have access to a reduced tariff. This reduced tariff currently saves you 10p per kWh charge.Details of the thousands of charge points across the UK can be found at https://www.zap-map.com/charge-points/public-charging-point-networks/polar-network.

Want to learn more about different chargepoints – watch this short video here https://level-network.com/learningzone/lessons/charging-an-electric-vehicle/

Council commitments

The council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and is working towards being carbon neutral by 2030 and to work with residents, businesses and partners to reduce their carbon footprint.

With the Government updating electric vehicle charging point criteria for 2021/22 this will create the potential to apply for more SDDC car parks. If you wish to put forward a car park in your area please email environmental.health@southderbyshire.gov.uk.

Note: Some SDDC car parks have constraints for EV installation due to lack of electrical infrastructure or in a flood risk zones. We will continue to review

 

*D2N2 is only available at Bus Station Car Park charging point for 2021/22 and will move to BP accounts from 2022/23