Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Discussion paper on public electric vehicle
charging infrastructure in the Borough and recommendations for
developing/expanding the network.
Warren Shadbolt, Assistant Director, Safer and Stronger Communities introduced the report relating to Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) in Sutton and proposed that the Committee consider and adopt the recommendations.
The Chair made reference to the item on the agenda being very timely as it was included in the Draft Mayor’s Strategy and was also included in the Chancellor’s budget speech.
Ian Baker, Team Leader - Parking and Sustainable Transport then presented the report relating to Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) in Sutton and highlighted the following -
were in agreement that the policy was timely but that further
consideration should be given to the restrictions on the electric
car market, battery range limitations, possible future trial areas,
accessing the relevant funding sources and inclusion of electric
bicycles in the policy.
It was reported that some boroughs were developing electric charging policies together with a lamp column replacement scheme to utilise existing infrastructures. However, it was possible that this technology could become outdated as well as being expensive to provide other than in trial areas. The Council also needed to see what the private sector would provide in terms of new fast and rapid charging technology e.g. petrol station companies.
Members discussed how lessons could be learned from not only other boroughs but other countries that were already advanced in installation and usage for both on-street and off-street charging points. How to set fees for the use of charging points using public spaces was also discussed.
Ian Baker informed the committee that the national grid had already given assurances regarding the resilience of the electricity supply, although there were fears remaining regarding future capacity and ability to meet demand. Additional research had been undertaken by Transport for London (TfL) on these issues and was referenced in the report.
Warren Shadbolt commented that the current lamp-column replacement scheme is funded by the borough and there was no current intention to include charging points in the scheme. He also explained that there was no plan to start charging residents for off-street parking spaces that included electric chargers at the moment, but will monitor the capacity and potential costs of lost income in the future.
RESOLVED: that the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee:
Report author: Warren Shadbolt
Publication date: 05/02/2018
Date of decision: 23/11/2017
Decided at meeting: 23/11/2017 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee