Wiltshire Council's cabinet yesterday agreed to approve a new electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure plan that will see more chargers delivered in the local area.

In council car parks, every urban community with a population over 10,000 will have at least one council-sponsored public chargepoint, the current infrastructure will be replaced, users will pay a new charge of 35p per KwH, and the council will support commercial providers to add their own chargers.

The council will support city, town and parish councils to secure On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) grant funding for residential chargepoints on Wiltshire Council land with council grants of up to £2,500 per site.

The plan will also encourage businesses to install workplace chargepoints, and will ensure all chargepoints on council-owned land will be supplied with energy from 100% zero-carbon sources.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘This new strategy will greatly improve the EV charging infrastructure throughout Wiltshire.

‘It will also enable local town, parish and city councils to identify suitable locations for chargers in their communities, which will allow them to apply for grant funding to install chargers where they are most needed.

‘This infrastructure plan will play a significant role in reducing Wiltshire's carbon emissions and in encouraging more people to make the move to electric vehicles, and we look forward to the chargers being installed in the near future.’