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Have your say on our electric vehicle strategy

Published Monday 7 March, 2022
Last updated on Monday 7 March, 2022

People can now have their say on Swale Borough Council’s draft electric vehicle (EV) strategy which outlines how the demand for electric vehicles will be met up until 2030.

The draft strategy shows how the council plans to encourage the uptake of EVs instead of petrol and diesel vehicles and create a network of EV charge points that has the capacity to grow and meet future demand.

Car club initiatives and business support are also outlined in the draft strategy to help improve the air quality and lower carbon emissions in Swale.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for the climate and ecological emergency at the council, said:

“We’ve been working on our electric vehicle strategy since we declared a climate and ecological emergency back in 2019.

“We set out ambitious targets to create a net-zero carbon borough by 2030 and the uptake of electric vehicles and the installation of essential charger infrastructure is key to meeting our targets.

“We’ve been installing charge points in our car parks and now have 22 charging bays in Swale, with another 24 planned in the next two years.

“We’re seeing a rise in the use of electric vehicles, and the provision of charging bays found in local supermarkets, and work places in addition to council car parks.

“We’ll also be promoting the use of car clubs that offer access to newer, cleaner cars without the cost of ownership that can save members who drive less that 6-8,000 miles per year up to £3,500 a year.

“We want to know what local people think of our strategy and will be asking if they agree with our approach, if they think it’ll meet future demand and if we’ve missed anything.

“Cleaner air for Swale is something that affects us all and I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with us.”

The consultation is available now until Wednesday, 13 April.

To view the strategy and take part in the consultation visit www.swale.gov.uk/news-and-your-council/consultations/electric-vehicle-strategy.