The tool, which has been developed for local authorities across the Midlands, analyses data about local residents, their lives and behaviours to pinpoint sites where new chargers should be located.
The factors examined include how likely local people are to make the switch to an electric vehicle, accessibility to public transport, current electric vehicle uptake, levels of deprivation and the proportion of households with no access to off-road parking.
Previous analysis by Midlands Connect found that the Midlands needs 17,461 new public EV chargepoints by 2025 to keep pace with growing demand. By the end of the decade, it is predicted that one in every four cars will be electric.
Matt Pain from Midlands Connect, who developed the tool, said: ‘It’s really important that we support local authorities as they ramp up the installation of public electric vehicle chargers.
‘This tool will make it easier for councils to identify sites where investment is needed most and will have the biggest positive impact. Public chargepoints don’t just belong in the most affluent areas, or those places where electric vehicle take up is already booming, we need to ensure that no part of the Midlands region is left behind, and that councils are able to step in and deliver in communities where the private sector is unlikely to intervene.
‘With this data in hand, I hope that the Midlands’ local authorities can make an even more compelling case to Government for support as we look to speed up the decarbonisation of our transport network.’