EV infrastructure firm Connected Kerb plans to install 190,000 public on-street EV chargers, worth up to £1.9bn by 2030.
The company said this unprecedented investment will revolutionise access to EV charging for the tens of millions of drivers without off-street parking and support mass market charging for workplaces and fleets.
Connected Kerb has developed new partnerships for 10,000 public on-street EV chargers across the UK in 2021, the majority of which will be deployed across West Sussex and Kent. The West Sussex tender is believed to be the UK’s largest ever deployment by a local authority.
Additionally, it has secured deals for a further 30,000 chargers which are expected to conclude next year, as part of the company’s ambition to “level up” charging across the UK.
Chris Pateman-Jones, chief executive officer of Connected Kerb, said: “Knowing you can arrive at virtually any location, at any time, in any vehicle and cheaply charge your battery without inconvenience or faff is the reality we have to deliver to create an EV society. Our rollout of public chargers – one of the most ambitious the UK has ever seen – encapsulates that future, helping individuals and businesses to confidently make the switch to electric, reducing their carbon footprint and cutting air pollution.
“Targets are important – for an industry so critical to the decarbonisation of transport, we need goals to work towards and objectives to which we are all accountable. However, they need to be met with action. With deals confirmed for 10,000 chargers this year alone and 30,000 more expected next year, we are demonstrating that we’re getting on with the job and delivering the change that needs to happen – not just talking about it.”
Kent County Council also announced it has chosen Connected Kerb to deploy at least 600 chargers by 2023. Installations are beginning this year, with many of the chargers installed in parish towns and rural areas across Kent. The partnership aims to provide much needed infrastructure to communities often overlooked in the EV transition.
Additional chargers as part of tenders with councils were also announced today [08 November] including Coventry (300 chargers), Cambridge (360) and Plymouth (100). Connected Kerb will also install on-street chargers in Milton Keynes (250), Warrington (30), Medway (30), and Glasgow City Council, East Lothian Council, Shropshire County Council and Hackney Council, as part of the Agile Streets trial (100).
Transport minister, Trudy Harrison, added: “Providing reliable and affordable on-street charging is vital as we work to decarbonise transport and level up across the country.
“It’s great to see Connected Kerb and local authorities working together as the government commits £2.5bn towards electric vehicle grants and the development of EV infrastructure in our towns and cities.”