Somerset Electric Vehicle Strategy
The Somerset Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy was developed by Somerset County Council in partnership with the District Councils and was formally approved in 2020/2021. The Strategy provided an assessment of the charging infrastructure and uptake of electric vehicles in Somerset at that time and provided an indication of future demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The Strategy takes into consideration the unique characteristics of Somerset and its population and clearly states the aspirations and vision for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, setting out a clear delivery approach through 24 recommendations, covering the following themes: Lead by Example, Home Charging, Workplace Charging, Destination Charging and On-route Charging.
Since the publication of our Strategy, the Department for Transport has stipulated that all local transport authorities are required to update their Local Transport Plans by Autumn 2024 to reflect their changed approach to transport planning focussing on carbon reduction, levelling up and an improved travel experience. An electric vehicle changing proposals has been stated as one of the supporting documents that are required for the existing Local Transport Plan (along with a Bus Service Improvement Plan, Carbon Quantification and Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans). The full guidance for the Local Transport Plan development is expected in Summer 2024, however the Governments ‘Taking Charge: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy’ was published in March 2022, and this clearly sets out the governments ambitions and the role that local government has in enabling a move to electric vehicles.
Although progress has been made against the recommendations of the initial strategy, we now recognise that things have moved on and there are a few gaps and variances compared to the Government guidance and the intentions of the Local Transport Plan.
The most prominent of these is the increased priority of home charging provision and clarity against the use of trailing cables across footpaths. With this in mind, we plan to update and renew our Electric Vehicle Strategy for expected adoption in Summer 2024 to tie in with the Local Transport Plan schedule.
Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy: Addendum August 2023
The Addendum to the Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy has been developed to address the growing demand for electric vehicle charging points within new residential developments. This is to ensure that the possible impacts of the proposed charging points, such as on other road users and extents of the highway likely to be adopted, can be taken into consideration as early as possible.
Applicants are encouraged to adhere to the submission requirements as part of any forthcoming planning application to avoid the need for unnecessary amendments, especially as these may pose wider implications on the application as well as seeking the relevant approvals post determination.
As mentioned above the Governments Taking Charge: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy was published in March 2022 and clearly sets out the ambitions and the role that local government has in enabling a move to electric vehicles.
Within this strategy the Government has recognised the problem of trailing cables on public highways at properties that do not have access to off street parking. Charging cables are not allowed to trail across the pavement unless adaptive infrastructure is provided to accommodate them safely (e.g. gullies), anything that creates a trip hazard does not constitute adaptive infrastructure. At Somerset Council we are currently exploring this further and aim to test a workable solution in the coming months. In the meantime, if you do charge your car at home, we would like to bring to your attention the following Electric vehicle charging cables page.
Following consultation, the Government is now looking to set out regulations for chargepoints. Subject to parliamentary passage, these chargepoints regulations will be laid out in the coming months. The requirement for contactless payment capacity at all new chargepoints 8kW and above will come into effect one year after the regulations begin. All chargepoints installed through the ‘Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure’ (LEVI) funding and the ‘On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme’ (ORCS) must adhere to these regulations when they come into effect.
New Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Power Output Categories
|Low speed||0 – < 3.7 kW|
|Standard||3.7 kW – <8 kW|
|Fast||8 kW – 49 kW|
|Rapid||50 kW – 149 kW|
|Ultra-rapid||150 kW and over|
Electric Vehicle Chargepoints in Somerset
We have installed the following chargepoints across Somerset.
Somerset West and Taunton
- Blackbrook Leisure Centre Taunton, TA1 1RW (1x 50kw) Single
- The Deane House Taunton, TA1 1HE (2x 50kw) Single
- Alexandra Road Car Park, Minehead TA24 5DP (2x 120kw) Single
- Exmoor House Car Park, Dulverton, TA22 9HL (2x 120kw) Single
- Belvedere Road, Taunton TA1 1HE (2x 22kw) Dual
- Wood Street, Taunton, TA1 1UR (2x 22kw) Dual
- Castle Street, Taunton, TA1 4AS (2x 22kw) Dual
- Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4EA (9x 22kw) Dual
- North Street, Wellington TA21 8LY (2x 22kw) Dual
- North Street, Wiveliscombe TA4 2JZ (1x 22kw) Dual
- North Road,Minehead TA24 5AY (2x 22kw) Dual
- Williton Central TA4 4QA (2x 22kw) Dual
- Swain Street, Watchet TA23 0AQ (1x 22kw) Dual
- Porlock Central TA24 8QA (2x 22kw) Dual
- Memorial Hall Car Park, Wincanton BA9 9JJ (2x 44kw and x1 22kw) Dual
- Limington Road Car Park, Ilchester BA22 8LX (2x 44kw and x1 22kw) Dual
- West Street Car Park, Ilminster TA19 0DW (2x 50kw and x1 22kw) Dual
- Petters Way, Yeovil BA20 1UN (4x 22kw)
- Goldenstones, Yeovil BA20 1QZ (2x 22kw)
- SSDC Council Offices Brympton Way, Yeovil BA20 2HT (2x 22kw)
- Marketfield, Fore Street, Chard TA20 1QD (6x 22kw)
- Millbrook Gardens , Castle Cary BA7 7EE (2x 22kw)
- Tolbury Mill, Bruton BA10 0DP (2x 22kw)
- Prigg Lane, South Petherton TA13 5BX (2x 22kw)
- Ham Hill Road, Stoke Sub Hamdon TA14 6RL x2 (2x22kw)
- Court Ash, Yeovil BA20 1HG (2x 22kw)
- Fairfield, Yeovil BA20 1TT (2x 22kw)
- West Street, Crewkerne TA18 8AX (2x 22kw)
- Goldcroft, Yeovil, BA21 4DH (2x 22kw)
- Orchard Vale, Ilminster TA19 0DT (2x 22kw)
- South Street Market, Yeovil BA20 1AS (2x 22kw)
- Huish, Yeovil BA20 1AQ (2x 22kw)
- Stars Lane West, Yeovil, BA20 1NR (2x 22kw)
- Yeovil Recreation Centre BA21 4AW (2x 22kw)
- Yeovil Innovation Centre, Yeovil BA22 8RN (6x 22kw)
- Moorlands Car park, Martock TA12 6DH (2x 22kw) (Go live date TBC)
- Westland’s Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, BA20 2DD (4x 22kw) (Go live date TBC)
- Northload Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9JJ, (3x 22kw) Dual
- St Johns Square Glastonbury, BA6 9LJ, (3x 22kw) Dual
- Great Ostry Car Park, BA4 5TT, (3x 22kw) Dual
- Farm Road, Street, BA16 0BB, (4x 22kw) Dual
- South Street Car Park , Wells, BA5 1SJ, (2x 22kw) Dual
- Tucker Street Car Park, Wells, BA5 2HG, (4x 22kw) Dual
- Union Street Car Park, Wells, BA5 2PU, (3x 22kw) Dual
- Badcox car park, Frome, BA11 3BG, (3x 22kw) Dual (Go live date TBC)
- Cattle Market car park, Frome, BA11 1BB, (3x 22kw) Dual (Go live date TBC)
- North Parade car park, Frome, BA11 2AB, (3x 22kw) Dual (Go live date TBC)
- Butt Close car park, Frome BA6 9HY, (3x 22kw) Dual (Go live date TBC)
- Northside Car Park, Street, BA16 0HN, (6x 22kw) Dual (Go live date TBC)
- Vestry Road Car Park, Street, BA16 0HY, (3x 22kw) Dual (Go live date TBC)
- Northgate, Bridgwater, TA6 3EU (4x 22kw) Dual
To find the location of any publicly accessible electric vehicle chargepoint across the UK here is the link to Zap Map.
Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund
The LEVI fund supports local authorities in England to work with the chargepoint industry to improve the rollout and commercialisation of local charging infrastructure. Public chargepoints will help residents who do not have off-street parking and need to charge their electric vehicle. The funding is available to Tier 1 local authorities in England across financial years 2023/24 and 2024/2025.
Somerset Council are to be awarded £3.7 million of capital funding from LEVI and we have been allocated into tranche one (2023/24), which means we are required to submit our stage two application along with draft procurement documentation in November 2023. .This will then go through a review process before we can open procurement for a provider and the funds released (March 2024).
The documents below include the LEVI information pack and EV Briefing paper considered at the Somerset Council Environment Scrutiny Committee.
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