The government has a number of grants available regarding low emission vehicles (OLEV) and charge points.

Our climate change ambition aims to to reduce carbon emissions and achieve carbon net neutrality by 2030, when there will be a national ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.

We are committed to achieving this by helping our residents and businesses switch to more sustainable modes of travel such as walking, cycling and using public transport. However, it is acknowledged that many people will still rely on private vehicles so, where this is necessary, we want to help enable the use of low carbon transport, such as electric vehicles.

We recognise that the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) is likely to accelerate significantly in the next few years and that these low emission vehicles can deliver significant benefits, particularly in relation to air quality and health for our residents and visitors. The information set out below is designed to help you understand:

  1. The benefits of using an electric vehicle
  2. Who is responsible for delivering public charging facilities
  3. How to charge an electric vehicle
  4. Funding opportunities / support
  5. How to make a suggestion for a charge point location

To help we have set out below are a list of abbreviations typically referred to when speaking about electric vehicles and its charging infrastructure.

Abbreviation Definition
EV Electric Vehicle – any vehicle that uses electricity for propulsion including PHEVs and BEVs.
EVCP  Electric Vehicle Charging Point – a location where electric vehicles can plug-in and charge.
ULEV Ultra Low Emission Vehicle – any vehicle that emits less than 75g of CO2/km from the tailpipe.
PHEV Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle – a vehicle that can be plugged in and charged but also has a petrol engine.
BEV Battery Electric Vehicle – fully powered by electricity and has to be plugged in to charge.
ICE Internal Combustion Engine – the traditional method of vehicle propulsion using fossil fuels and creating harmful emissions

One of the biggest advantages of driving electric is the improvement it can make to the environment we live in. battery electric vehicles have no tailpipe and do not emit any exhaust gases, which reduces local air pollution and means you do not have to pay any vehicle tax. Battery technology has significantly improved in recent years meaning current models are now much closer to traditional vehicles in terms of driving distance, reliability and driver comfort. Additionally, as an alternative to internal combustion engine vehicles, switching to an electric vehicle offers:

  • cheaper running costs - Electric cars need less maintenance, thanks to fewer moving parts, and servicing is much simpler. On average, an electric car costs less than £1.30 to drive 100 miles, which is likely to cost around £11 in a petrol equivalent. 
  • improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions - Battery electric vehicles have no tailpipe, so they do not emit any exhaust gases, which reduces local air pollution. 
  • an improved driving experience including instant torque, regenerative braking (energy feeds back into the battery) and great handling, comfort and safety. 

North Yorkshire is currently a two-tier local authority area, and the county council as the highway authority is responsible for on-street car parking. The responsibility for off-street public car parks generally lies with the local district council or National Park Authority; therefore, it would be under the control of the seven district councils and/or the two national park authorities to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities at off-street locations.

We recognise the need to coordinate provision of charge points between all local authorities within the county, and where appropriate, we will consider external funding opportunities, which could help to deliver a countywide charge point network.

Note: By 2023 there is going to be a new single council for North Yorkshire. This means one council delivering all local authority services, bringing together everything we do with the services currently delivered by district and borough councils. This change will support the devolution of more powers and funding to our area, however, this could affect our overall approach to the electric vehicle strategy. We will work alongside our district and borough council colleagues to implement this change.

Before they can charge owners of electric vehicles need to be aware of the following:

  • What connection type is required to charge (3 pin plug/Type 1/Type 2)
    • Three pin plug - A standard three-pin plug that you can connect to any 13 amp socket
    • Socketed - A charge point where you can connect either a Type 1 or Type 2 cable
    • Tethered - A charge point with a cable attached with either a Type 1 or Type 2 connector

Note: The cable you use to charge at home or carry with you to charge at public charging points will have a Type 1 or Type 2 plug on one end that fits with your vehicles connection. A Type 1 plug is a 5-pin design and has a latch that keeps the plug in place to prevent it from being dislodged from the charger socket, while the Type 2 models, with 7-pin design do not have these latches. Instead, the vehicles that have Type 2 plugs have a locking pin that locates and secures the plug in place (see below images).

Type 1 and Type 2 plugs for car charging

  • The charging rate required e.g. ultra rapid, rapid, fast or slow

 

Slow

(3-7kW)

Fast

(7-22kW)

Rapid

(up to 50kw)

Ultra Rapid

(100-350kW)

Charge Time

4-8 hrs

2-4hrs

30-60 mins

5-20 mins

Range added in 15 mins

3-6 miles

6-20 miles

35-40 miles

50-150miles

Notes

Often used to charge overnight or at the workplace

Tend to be installed in car parks, supermarkets, leisure centres and houses with off-street parking

Only compatible with electric vehicles that have rapid charging capability. Usually found at service stations or quick stop locations to top up on long journeys.

Tend to be used for top up charging on route to a destination.

Where you want to charge

  • At a public charging facility
  • At home 
  • At work

Charging at a public charging facility

Public charge points are a great way to charge when you need a top up or are travelling extended distances from home. Most public charge points offer a mix of slow, fast and rapid charging options. There are many public and private charge points available for use across North Yorkshire and more are added to the network regularly. For details on charge point locations please see:

Charging at home 

Most electric vehicles come with a cable you can plug in with a normal 13amp socket. This makes charging an EV reasonably straight forward for properties with access to off street parking. We do however, recommend that a dedicated charging unit is used where possible and you refer to the vehicle’s handbook for any instructions for the use of cables, including extension cables before charging.

For installation of an electric vehicle charge point (EVCP) on private property we recommend you review your land ownership plans to ensure you are not impacted by publically maintainable highway for which the local authority is responsible. If necessary, you can obtain a quote to provide a connection to the parking space(s) from your electricity provider; this can usually be done on their website. It is important to consider public safety and existing legislation when placing the cable from the power supply at the property to your vehicle. Any legal liability arising from the placement of the cable is your responsibility. You may wish to speak to your insurer to confirm that your insurance policy covers this situation.

Residents that do not have access to off street parking are unable to charge their vehicle on street. The particular difficulties with the installation of on-street charge points or direct charging from a property to a vehicle parked on-street are:

  • installing an on-street EV charge point, be it within a residential street or town centre, requires a dedicated parking bay to be made available to ensure it is used only by electric vehicles when charging. A driver would be required to seek alternative parking when the charge is complete or the maximum stay time reached
  • a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is required setting out the terms of its use i.e. maximum time a vehicle can park/charge and the associated tariffs for the electricity etc. To ensure compliance and maximising the opportunity for its use, there would need to be regular enforcement which could not be resourced, particularly within residential areas
  • for safety reasons, we do not support the charging of vehicles parked on-street from residential properties that would require the cable to cross the footway or carriageway and which would likely create a hazard to other road or footway users. This includes a situation where a cable cover or similar is used

We are aware of a number of trials being undertaken by Local local authorities elsewhere in the country to overcome issues associated with trailing charging cables across the footway or carriageway. The findings of these trials will be used to inform a review of our policy.

We have no immediate plan to roll out on-street charging infrastructure on a large scale or in response to individual requests for on-street charge points. However, we are in the process of developing an Electric Vehicle Charge Point Delivery Strategy which will identify a series of actions we and our partners; the district/borough councils and National Park Authorities (NPAs) can, or should, be taking to rollout electric vehicle infrastructure on mass to accommodate the anticipated accelerated electric vehicle uptake.

This is in line with the government’s decision to ban the sale of new vehicles with an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) in 2030. The strategy will make a recommendation of how many, where and how to deliver the required number of charge points by 2030. Additionally there will be a policy review, which is required to overcome challenges associated with delivering on-street charge points. This work commenced on 18 October 2021 and will take 6-12 months to deliver, regular progress updates will be provided on this page (see accordion 6).

We are taking the time now to ensure we deliver accessible, effective, futureproofed infrastructure in the most appropriate locations before making such a significant investment.

We will continue to review the overall situation, taking into account demand from residents (location suggestions are welcome, see accordion 6) and funding availability, including external grant funding.

Charging at work – for employers

Charging at work offers a great alternative to public charging and is a convenient way to recharge during the day. Employers offering charging facilities can help to increase awareness and encourage uptake of electric vehicles within their companies.

Businesses, charities and local authorities can take advantage of the Workplace Charging Scheme, which makes the cost of installing charge points more affordable. Also with companies being incentivised to reduce their carbon emissions, workplace charging can go a long way to helping businesses meet their CO2 emissions targets.

The government has several grant schemes to help enable the charging of electronic vehicles at home, in the workplace and on local streets. At the time of writing, we are aware of the following grant funding opportunities:

  • the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme provides grant funding of up to 75 (to a maximum of £350) towards the cost of installing ECVPs at domestic properties
  • vehicle owners can get a discount on the price of new low emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers. For EV's the grant will pay 35% of the purchase price (up to £2500)
  • workplace Charging Scheme grant (WCS) up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, up to a maximum of 40 across all sites for each applicant
  • the Rapid Charging Fund (RCF) provides a £500 million commitment to ensure there is a rapid charging network to meet long term customer demand ahead of need. The fund will cover a portion of electricity connection and upgrade costs at strategic sites across the road network where these would otherwise be prohibitively expensive
  • the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) for local authorities provides 75% of the capital cost of installing a charge point and an associated dedicated parking bay (£7,500 limit per EVCP). Up to £100,000 per district authority with the scheme due to end in March 2022

More information

Please note that from April 2022, the electric vehicle home charge scheme will no longer be open to homeowners (including people with mortgages) who live in single-unit properties such as bungalows and detached, semi-detached or terraced housing.

The scheme will remain open to:

  • homeowners who live in flats
  • people in rental accommodation (flats and single-use properties)

The government is transitioning to a new digital service, details of which will be available on their website in due course.

Additionally, the plug in grant scheme, where vehicle owners can get a discount on new low emission vehicles, is changing. At the spending review in October 2021 it was announced that the government will provide grants of up to £1,500 for electric cars priced under £32,000, focusing on the more affordable vehicles. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are being prioritised, with a higher grant of £2,500 for vehicles priced under £35,000.

It should be noted that Parish and Town Councils could access some government grant schemes, such as ORCS, subject to the grant type and meeting the criteria, see the grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure Gov page for more information.

We are developing a countywide Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Rollout Strategy. It is intended that the strategy build upon the previous Electric Vehicle Charge Point (EVCP) Deployment Study (2020) and work undertaken by us concerning the Climate Change Agenda.

In the Electric Vehicle Charge Point Deployment Study (2020) we established how many charge points we need between now and 2030 (in line with the government’s decision to ban the sale of new cars or vans with an internal combustion engine from 2030) and what the barriers there are to delivering electric vehicle Infrastructure in North Yorkshire which included:

  • grid Constraints/Capacity and associated grid connection costs
  • the rural nature of large parts of North Yorkshire
  • the volume of on-street parking, particularly in residential areas

The next phase of work is to establish where charge points should be located, how we can overcome the aforementioned barriers to delivery in context and what policy changes will need to take place to achieve this. This piece of work commenced on 18 October and it is expected to take 6-12 months.

This doesn’t mean that we will wait 6-12 months to start delivering charge points/trials but at least a portion of this work needs to be complete before we do, there is also the issue of funding delivery. To help us in prioritising these actions, the strategy will be broken down into short, medium and longer term priorities taking into account demand from residents and funding availability.

The programme includes six work packages detailed below. Progress is highlighted in green.

Table of work packages as well as stage of completion

The above image shows the 7 different work packages:

  • Work Package 1 Scoping and mobilisation - objective setting and confirmation of scope
  • Work Package 2 Baseline review - baseline data and policy review update
  • Work Package 3 Forecast update - EV (electronic vehicle) and EVCP (electronic vehicle charging point) requirement forecasts update
  • Work Package 4 Stakeholder engagement - stakeholder mapping and plan, engagement within the council, district and National Park Authority (NPA) engagement
  • Work Package 5 Delivery model analysis - preferred delivery & funding model and action plan
  • Work Package 6 Strategy development - strategy development; delivery opportunities, a review of policy, standards & specifications, high level consideration of wider opportunities
  • Work Package 7 Public consultation - raise awareness of the Electronic Vehicle infrastructure rollout strategy

We would like you to tell us where you would like to see on-street charging facilities in North Yorkshire. If you would like to put forward a suggestion for a location for an on-street electric vehicle charge point, please contact ltp@northyorks.gov.uk with your name, address, electric vehicle ownership status, availability of off-street parking and the install location preference.