Our climate change ambition aims 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.

About the strategy

Our climate change ambition aims 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. To allow this shift over time, we need facilities to allow drivers to charge their electric vehicles easily and conveniently.

A public charging network is needed for those without access to charging at home or work. We are therefore developing a strategy to help overcome the barriers to delivery, as identified in the 2020 Electric Vehicle Charge Point Deployment Study, which are:

  1. Grid Constraints/capacity and associated grid connection costs
  2. The rural nature of large parts of North Yorkshire
  3. The volume of on-street parking, particularly in residential areas

Our vision

A decarbonised North Yorkshire where zero emission mobility is accessible and convenient to all, recognising the unique rural nature of the county, improving quality of place through better local air quality and health. A comprehensive network of electric charge points will support the uptake of electric vehicles for residents, visitors and businesses over the next 10 years, accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles across North Yorkshire bringing new skills and investment to the local economy.

Our key objectives

  1. Provide a comprehensive, convenient, and accessible network of electric vehicles charging points across the whole county.
  2. Ensure all residents have access to electric vehicles charge points, including those with on-street parking.
  3. Ensure commuters within North Yorkshire have access to electric vehicles charge points on their routes to work.
  4. Allow all visitors to adequately charge their electric vehicle at tourist sites in the region.
  5. Deliver zero emission vehicles for use by ourselves.
  6. Support and encourage businesses to switch to zero emission vehicles and roll out electric vehicles charge points.
  7. Ensure those who do not immediately switch to an electric vehicle are still supported, by providing them with the facilities and awareness to make the change when they are ready.

The strategy sets out how many public electric vehicle charge points will be needed by 2030 to support the increased electric vehicles use across the region. It also sets out where the most demand is expected to be. It is forecast that by 2030, a total of 3,161 public electric vehicles charging points will be needed across the county which will be delivered by both public and private sector funding. This will consist of 2,734 fast chargers and 427 of the faster ‘rapid chargers’. It is anticipated that 1,529 will be delivered by the public sector.

Our proposed measures (actions)

We have developed 10 electric vehicle actions, which are priorities to help us meet our vision and key objectives. These key actions, what we are proposing to do and why they are needed, are detailed below. We would like your feedback to help shape the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and policy across the county. So please read the information below on the ‘electric vehicle actions’ and have your say.

Why is this action needed?

Many drivers will rely on public charge points in the future, including those with on-street parking at home, visitors to the region and those topping up during a journey.

The private sector will install most chargers, but there will not be enough in areas that are less attractive to the businesses who operate chargers (the private sector). Here the public sector will need to deliver electric vehicle charging points to ensure a fair spread across the county.

What we are proposing to do:

  1. Install on and off-street chargers in areas not served by the private sector provision to ensure electric vehicle charging is fairly distributed across North Yorkshire.
  2. Install a mix of fast and rapid chargers to meet the needs of different types of electric vehicle drivers.
  3. Plan a network of electric vehicle chargers across the county that aims to ensure that any resident without access to private off-street changing is within 10 minutes’ walk of a public electric vehicle charge point.
  4. Seek government funding and commercial partnerships to minimise cost to ourselves.

Why is this action needed?

Why is this action needed?

North Yorkshire is a rural county with a sparsely distributed population.  

Full coverage of electric vehicle charge points across these areas is critical to reduce range anxiety and serve those living, visiting, or travelling through these areas. 

The private sector will install most chargers, but there will not be enough in areas that are less attractive to the businesses who operate chargers (the private sector). Here the public sector will need to deliver electric vehicle charging points to ensure a fair spread across the county.

What we are proposing to do:

  1. Ensure coverage of electric vehicle chargers in rural areas and appropriate electric vehicle charge point provision at rural locations that cater for long travel distances.
  2. Lead funding bids and use rural character as a unique selling point for unlocking funding.
  3. Work in partnership with the local Power Network Operator to ensure alignment with business planning for upgrades.
  4. Encourage innovative solutions for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, such as combining local generation with renewables and battery storage.

Why is this action needed?

Whilst North Yorkshire is predominantly rural, the county also has areas of terraced housing, historic buildings, flats, and other properties without off-street parking (21% of households). Being able to charge an electric vehicle cheaply and conveniently at home is a key consideration in switching to an electric vehicle.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Take a proactive approach to delivering charging points, targeted at areas of demand for on-street electric vehicle charging, achieving a good base level of coverage, where all residents who need it have convenient access to a public charger. This will include:
    1. Residents’ charging hubs in nearby car parks, featuring rapid chargers where there are gaps in the privately funded network and supporting amenities are in place.
    2. On-street chargers.
  2. Investigate the feasibility of allowing trailing cables and installing cable channels as short-term measures for those charging an electric vehicle parked on street from home.
  3. Establish a user-friendly website to invite expressions of interest from residents on potential locations for electric vehicle charge points to better understand local demand.
  4. Put together a strong case for investment from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through the Local electric vehicle Infrastructure fund.
  5. Engage with the market to ensure our approach attracts the best tenders from potential charge point operators, who will work as long-term partners with local authorities, and in the best interests of residents.

Why is this action needed?

Low quality public charge point provision means drivers are not confident they can charge when needed, which is a barrier to electric vehicle uptake. NYCC will develop guidance which draws on best practice from elsewhere, refined to suit our local needs.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Develop our guidance on key design principles, specification, and steps to building an electric vehicle charge point network.
  2. Create a distinctive council electric vehicle charging brand.

Why is this action needed?

We are committed to ensuring that we have the expertise within the council needed to make investment decisions in electric vehicle infrastructure rollout in what is a fast-moving landscape. The Local Government Reorganisation (in effect from 2023) provides an opportunity to pool existing talent and bring together our electric vehicle skills, knowledge and experience from across ourselves and the districts, boroughs and National Park authorities.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Audit the teams that already exist and where skills are located to ensure resources are best used. Introduce a dedicated Electric Vehicle Lead Officer role to coordinate electric vehicle programmes, groups, and resources.
  2. Expand our internal working group to include electric vehicle officers from each authority, to share knowledge and to develop standards.
  3. Engage with rural landowners, parish councils and town councils to minimise knowledge gap and encourage electric vehicle charge point investment.

Why is this action needed?

Tourism is key for North Yorkshire’s economy, and additional traffic comes to the area during the peak seasons. In years to come, it is expected that more of these tourists will be driving electric vehicles. As such, it is important for the region to have reliable and comprehensive charge points at key destinations to serve visitors to the region and cope with additional demand during peak season. This includes the potential impact on residents using public chargers when there is increased demand by tourists.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Ensure coverage of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in tourism hot spots, providing the right speed of charger that serve tourists needs depending on the location. Seek to secure grants for hard-to-reach areas, working with Coastal Tourism Advisory Board.
  2. Work with hospitality industry and tourist attractions, as well as small business advisory groups, providing advice on the installation of electric vehicle charge points on their premises.
  3. Install electric vehicle charge points in prominent positions with universally recognisable designs that are easy to locate by tourists.

Why is this action needed?

To accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles across North Yorkshire, we will lead by example by transitioning our fleet to zero emission vehicles, where possible, by 2030. While challenging, this transition will send a strong message of confidence in electric vehicles to the community, encouraging people to purchase an electric vehicle themselves.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Undertake a comprehensive fleet review, including wider scope for streamlining the number of vehicles the council requires to meet our needs. Develop a workable plan and timescales for bringing these electric vehicles into service?
  2. Undertake a review of depots and car parks where vehicles would be charged and feasibility assessments of prioritised sites for charging infrastructure.
  3. Prepare an action plan setting out the short, medium, and long-term phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles.
  4. Update procurement processes to specify electric vehicles going forwards, introduce in a phased approach based on preceding review. Introduce requirements for electric vehicles for our supply chains.

Why is this action needed?

As a relatively new technology, one key barrier to electric vehicle adoption is lack of understanding about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership and the practicalities of running an electric vehicle. While some may proactively seek information about the new technology, other drivers may be more inclined to continue with a petrol or diesel car they know and understand. There is a need to better inform everyone about the positives of choosing an electric vehicle.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Carry out a marketing campaign promoting the benefits of EVs and ‘myth busting’.
  2. Expand our electric vehicle website to become a valuable resource for all residents wishing to switch to electric vehicles.
  3. Appoint a local ‘Electric Vehicle Champion’ to promote the use of electric vehicles in North Yorkshire.

Why is this action needed?

New developers have a key role to play in including electric vehicle charge points as part of new developments. This ensures that residents of developments can charge their electric vehicle when at home.

From June 2022, electric vehicle charge points in new developments will be legally required. However, we plan to update local policies to be exceed these standards, particularly for the delivery of electric vehicle charge points in non-residential new developments and major renovations. The Local Government Reorganisation will bring all the local districts, boroughs, and National Park Authorities under one new council with one planning policy framework.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Develop more ambitious, common electric vehicle charging infrastructure standards across North Yorkshire for some non-residential land uses.
  2. Build up internal awareness and understanding of the amended Building Regulations for delivering electric vehicle charge points.
  3. Work with developers and landowners to interpret and apply new building regulations and planning policies.

Why is this action needed?

Commuting to a place of work, travelling for business and the use of fleet vehicles account for a large proportion of vehicle miles. As such, businesses have a particular role to play in both supporting and promoting the transition to electric vehicles.

Companies operating fleet vehicles can move to electric vehicles and can also influence their supply chains and support their employees to move to electric vehicles by providing charging points or incentives such as salary sacrifice schemes. Whilst we cannot directly place charging infrastructure in local businesses, we recognise our important role in supporting them with guidance and advice.

What are we proposing to do:

  1. Supporting businesses with guidance, advice, and information. This may include sign posting and promoting available funding from the likes of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
  2. Hosting EV business focus events throughout the year.
  3. Investigate the scope for introducing a Right-to-Charge policy with property managers.
  4. Engage proactively with those managing business parks and retail parks.
  5. Engage with freight and logistics sector.

Have your say

It takes just 10 minutes to complete our quick and easy feedback questionnaire.

Have your say on the proposed actions and tell us what you think about the rollout of electric vehicles and the key challenges, before Sunday 18 December.

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