AN EXTRA 400 electric vehicle charging points are to be introduced to Coventry city centre by 2023.
The city council has signed a contract with EV charging infrastructure provider Connected Kerb, for the machines which will help Coventry meet its net zero targets.
A successful pilot scheme in 2020 saw 30 charging points installed in the city.
Coventry has the most public EV charging points per head of population outside London. It already has 460 charging points so the announcement will mean the total number of charge points in the city will rise to 860 by 2023.
The points, partially made from recycled materials, will also include parking sensors and can potentially host other technologies such as 5G and air quality sensors as the drive towards smart cities gathers pace.
The installations will be fully funded by Connected Kerb while any profits will be shared with the council.
Coun Jim O’Boyle, the city council’s cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, said: “A better charging infrastructure will help many residents feel more confident about making the switch to electric vehicles.
“We chose Connected Kerb for their vast experience and expertise in deploying on-street residential EV infrastructure.”
He added it was a good example of the public and private sector coming together to encourage more residents to consider using electric vehicles so they could reduce their carbon footprint when travelling to, from and around the city.
Chris Pateman-Jones, Connected Kerb chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Coventry City Council has selected Connected Kerb to install EV charging points in Coventry, a city famous for transport innovation.
“Over 60 per cent of the UK population is unable to charge their vehicle at home so providing long-lasting on-street charging infrastructure is essential if mass EV uptake is to become a reality.
“I am confident that the deployment could set a blueprint for other cities in making electric vehicle charging sustainable, affordable and accessible to all.”