Brighton and Hove ranks among the top cities in the country in terms of access to electric vehicle chargers, new figures show.
In total, the city has 316 connectors, meaning one charger for every 949 people Brighton and Hove,
The council installed 208 charging points at the lamp post in the summer of 2020, after receiving a £400,000 investment from the Office of Low Emissions Vehicles as well as the operator, Electric Blue.
The charging points have been successful and were used more than a thousand times in the first two months of their activity.
The investment in charging points comes as the city aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The city has the third highest number of electric vehicle chargers per population in the country, after Milton Keynes and Coventry and above Nottingham and Sunderland.
Research from Boxt, an electric vehicle (EV) charger provider, detailed the towns and cities across the country that are the fewest and least accessible in terms of access to charging points.
Boxt co-founder Andy Kerr said: “The significant increase in drivers switching from fuel cars to EVs is critical for the UK to meet key carbon emissions targets. There will be enough resources to sustain.”
“While EV charging connectors may not be a priority for many drivers at the moment, this will soon change when the options for new cars are limited to low-emissions vehicles.
“If people do not feel able to transition to EVs in their area due to lack of resources, it may cause them to relocate somewhere new. Not providing enough EV charging points will also prevent tourists from visiting could.”
The best and worst towns and cities can be seen below.
Top five EV-friendly UK regions:
1. Milton Keynes – 435 people per EV charging connector
2. Coventry – 618 people per EV charging connector
3. Brighton 949 people per EV charging connector
4. Nottingham – 1,021 people per EV charging connector
5. Sunderland – 1,129 people per EV charging connector
Five least prepared areas:
1. Southend-on-Sea – 180,435 people per EV charging connector
2. Eldershot – 91,950 people per EV charging connector
3. Chatham – 39,794 people per EV charging connector
4. Newcastle – 29,785 people per EV charging connector
5. Blackpool – 22,023 people per EV charging connector
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