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

Have your say on publicly available electric vehicles charging infrastructure

A public consultation has been launched to get your views on measures identified within the electric vehicles rollout strategy which will help shape the rollout of electric vehicles charging infrastructure and policy across the county. The consultation is open from 16 November and closes at midnight on the 18 December 2022. Take part in our electric vehicles charging infrastructure consultation.


Electric vehicle charging

The North Yorkshire local transport plan (2016), which details how the transport services and infrastructure provided by us aims to contribute towards our vision and council plan priorities, pledges to protect the environment and prevent climate change. The plan highlights how we support measures to promote environmentally friendly forms of transport, including supporting and making provision for the use of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV). This aligns to the North Yorkshire draft air quality strategy (2020); one of the key objectives of which is to support the use of ultra low emission vehicles in North Yorkshire, including the provision of electric vehicles charging infrastructure. The local transport plan is being rewritten to accommodate the significant policy and technology changes that have occurred since the plan was adopted and the devolution deal.

We aim 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
  • 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 April 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 electric vehicles 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 homecharge scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% (up to a maximum of £350) towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties. From April 2022 the scheme is only available for homeowners who live in flats or people in rental accommodation (flats or single-use properties i.e. house)
  • Vehicle owners can get a discount on the price of new low-emission vehicles through a government grant administered by OZEV –also known as a plug-in grant. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of up to £1,500 for cars, £2,500 for wheelchair accessible vehicles, £500 for motorcycles, £150 for mopeds, £2,500 for small vans, £5,000 for large vans, £7,500 for taxis. For small trucks the grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £16,000 and up to £25,000 for large trucks
  • workplace charging scheme grant (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme open to businesses, charities and public sector organisations to support the upfront cost of EVCPs. The grant provides a up to a maximum of £350 for each socket, up to a maximum of 40 across all sites for each applicant
  • The on-street residential chargepoint scheme (ORCS) for local authorities, provides 75% of the capital costs of procuring and installing the chargepoint and an associated dedicated parking bay. The scheme has been amended to increase the fund per chargepoint from £7,500 limit to £13,000 in cases where connection costs are high. Projects with a completion date of no later than 31 March 2023 are considered.

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 nn-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, subject to the grant type and meeting the criteria, see the grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure Gov page for more information.

The county council does not have any grant funding to support community groups at this time, however, the new council will examine how it can support ORCS bids. We are also making plans to deliver EVCP’s in rural areas through the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund (see section 6 for more information). If you are interested in taking part in this pilot scheme then please write to us at LTP@northyorks.gov.uk with the following information:

  1. Do you have a building with a south facing roof and how many car parking bays to you have?
  2. Do you have a building with a stream/watercourse nearby or bordering your boundary?
  3. Are you willing to host a pilot project for renewable energy and EV charging points?

We are at the beginning of this project and have pre-selected a 14 sites to take part in this scheme, however, we need to examine these sites for suitability which may mean there are opportunities for other locations to take part. We also hope to rollout the scheme more widely in future, so your responses will help us create a long list of sites and interested parties.

Parish and Town Councils could install an EVCP at their council owned car park for public use. There are different business models available, including options that will be free to the council, with the EVCP supplier paying for the installation, maintenance and running costs and the council in effect leasing its space to the supplier. In some instances the council will receive a percentage of the income from the public EVCPs. Contact some local suppliers and find out what business models they offer. Installing EVCPs in key parts of your town and parish will help encourage more business and tourism and help the local economy. Many installers offer a free site survey to enabling you to find out whether your site is suitable.

Parish and Town Councils could access some government grant funding through the On Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) subject to the grant type and meeting the criteria, councils must also be granted a General Power of Competence by the local authority, more information is available on the on-street residential chargepoint scheme guidance for local authorities page on the government website.

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 in October 2021 and was completed in October 2022.

The strategy identifies a series of priority measures to help us meet our vision and key objectives by 2030. We are therefore launching a public consultation to get your support and views on these measures, which include a series of actions, to help shape the rollout of EV charging infrastructure and policy across the county.

The programme for development of the strategy includes six work packages detailed below.

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

Work Package

Status

WP1 - Scoping and mobilisation - objective setting and confirmation of scope

Complete

WP2 - Baseline review - baseline data and policy review update

Complete

WP3 - Forecast update - EV (electronic vehicle) and EVCP (electronic vehicle charging point) requirement forecasts update

Complete

WP4 - Stakeholder engagement - stakeholder mapping and plan, engagement within the council, district and National Park Authority (NPA) engagement

Complete

WP5 - Delivery model analysis - preferred delivery & funding model and action plan

Complete

WP6 - Strategy development - strategy development; delivery opportunities, a review of policy, standards & specifications, high level consideration of wider opportunities

Complete

WP7 - Public consultation - raise awareness of the electronic vehicle infrastructure rollout strategy

Begins 10 November 2022

We expect that public consultation will inform some changes to the actions, which will affect the final strategy. Following receipt of the final strategy document, our members will need to agree next steps including whether they wish to adopt the strategy and establish an electronic vehicle charging point budget.

Following the adoption of the strategy, we will use it as our guide for network planning across North Yorkshire, which will lead to mass rollout of electronic vehicle charging points. It will also be an important supplementary document for our local transport plan. It is important to note that the contracts for electronic vehicle charging points that have already been developed by Districts and Boroughs, primarily in public car parks in market towns and urban centres, will novate to the new North Yorkshire Council as part of the Local Government Reorganisation process and form a part of the network plans.

The electric vehicle public charging infrastructure rollout strategy is a plan to 2030 which will be reviewed regularly.

On 24 March 2022 the local electric vehicle infrastructure (LEVI) Fund was launched. This is a £400m capital grant scheme administered by the Office for zero mission vehicles (OZEV). Local electric vehicle infrastructure is intended to encourage large scale, ambitious and commercially sustainable projects that leverage significant private sector investment. It is the intention that the local electric vehicle infrastructure will support a transition towards local chargepoint provision secured on a commercial basis without public funding. To test the design of the new scheme Government have launched a £10 million pilot competition, which they expect will fund between three and eight projects between 2022/23 and 2024/25. This is a great opportunity to start delivering on the council’s draft EV Rollout Strategy.

The aims of local electric vehicle infrastructure are to: 

  • help enable strategic local provision of public electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ahead of need and promote an equitable EV charging experience for those without off-street parking 
  • leverage additional private sector investment and promote sustainable and innovative business models to enable the delivery of local chargepoint projects that would not occur in the near-term without public support
  • increase consumer confidence in transitioning to EVs across England, ensuring increased uptake across region

We have been successful in our bid for £2,000,000 which focuses on delivering solutions using renewable energy that are aesthetically sympathetic in deeply rural areas where grid upgrades would otherwise be prohibitive and unattractive to the private sector for investment. We will co-locate electronic vehicle charging points with battery storage on council owned land (either us or parish/town council) and use energy generated by a renewable source (either a hydroelectric generator or solar panels) to offset all or some of the power required to run the electric vehicle charging point. We are committing to deliver 10 chargers over two rural sites in each of our seven Districts/Boroughs. These will provide a solution that can be tested and, if successful, rolled out more widely to overcome the challenges of delivery of electronic vehicle charging point’s in rural areas.

We are at the beginning of this project and have pre-selected 14 sites to take part in this scheme, however, we need to examine these sites for suitability and acceptability to the groups who own the land.

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.