Cllr Wilkinson with an electric vehicle charging point
Cllr Wilkinson with an electric vehicle charging point

After introducing electric vehicle (EV) charging points whilst in office, Brighton and Hove Labour are delighted that usage of them has surged through a number of key milestones in recent weeks.

Following a successful campaign, we initiated the project to add EV charging points to the city in 2019. The project was completed in April 2020.

Since the initial introduction of 200 EV charging points, the charging points have delivered 100,000 kWh of electricity to vehicles across Brighton & Hove. It is estimated that this has helped  save around 100 tons in CO2 emissions in equivalent journeys by vehicles powered by petrol and diesel. New figures also highlight the growing EV uptake in the city with 871 EVs and other plug-in vehicles now registered.

You can see more facts and figures about charger use in the city on the councils Electric Vehicles and Charging webpage.

Councillor Gary Wilkinson, Labour’s environment, transport and sustainability spokesperson, said:

“Transport has overtaken energy generation as the biggest single source of UK carbon emissions, we must do everything we can to encourage the residents of Brighton and Hove to switch to electric vehicles were possible.

“These EV charging points are a vital aspect of both our pledge to make our city carbon neutral by 2030 and to halting the advancement of climate change. We are delighted that the charging points we campaigned for are being utilised so frequently. After pushing for their introduction in 2019, we hoped that that the number of EV in our city would increase, this becoming a reality is great news for our local environment.

“We urge the Green Administration to ensure that continued investment is given to EV infrastructure.”

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