Our On-Street EV charging project
Swindon is set to benefit from 22 new electric vehicle charging point parking bays thanks to a successful bid for government funding submitted by the Council.
In 2020, Swindon Borough Council ran a survey to understand how residents might use electric vehicle charging points and where the demand was highest in the borough.
You can read more about the results in the survey report.
Using the feedback from the survey, a bid was made to government and part-funding has now been secured for 11 double-headed on-street electric vehicle charging points, making a total of 22 bays.
These will be installed across eight locations in the Central and Eastcott wards according to where survey respondents said they would use an electric car if a charging point was available.
Here’s a map of where the points will be located.
Residents in other areas of the borough who feel a charging point in their area would encourage them to purchase an electric car can feed this back to the Council via a survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EVCP2020. Feedback from this survey will be used in potential future bids for funding.
The majority of the funding for the 22 charging bays will come from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (part of Central Government) while the rest will come from the Council. We have appreciated the help of the Energy Savings Trust in the preparation of the bid.
Installation began in the spring and the points will be live during August 2021. They will be operated by EB Charging and residents can download the EB GO! app for Apple and Android devices, and follow the instructions on the charge points.
Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Maintenance, and Waste Services, said: “Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular and we want to do all we can to enable our residents to use them by making charging points available.
“We listened to residents and are installing these points in areas where most survey respondents said they would consider buying an electric vehicle if a parking bay with a charging point was available in their area. We hope that these bays, once installed, will be useful for residents while also being beneficial for the environment.”
The bays will add to the growing provision of charge points found at supermarkets, retail outlets, pubs, restaurants, petrol stations and car parks. Public charging bays are also located on the Council’s Civic campus in Euclid Street.