The electric vehicle (EV) transition is gathering pace in Kent with the installation of hundreds of new charging points across the county.
Kent County Council signed a deal with Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions, to install and maintain 600 charging points primarily for people without off-street parking and the option of charging their vehicle at home.
Charging points have already been installed in Folkestone and Hythe (109), Tonbridge and Malling (30), and Gravesham (24). A separate project, also with Connected Kerb, has already delivered 50 charging points installed in Dover with high utilisation already reported as well as Kent Parish with 40 charging points.
The scheme will seek to help Kent overcome the problem of charging ‘blackspots’ that can occur in rural areas where there is often reduced grid capacity, maintenance challenges and lower footfall. Currently around 30% of the UK charging network is focused in London, so expanding deployment to less-urban areas is essential if Kent and the UK are to meet net zero targets by 2050.
Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said:
“We have an ambitious aim to get the county to Net Zero carbon emissions before 2050.
“In order to achieve this, we need to work with other Kent councils and private companies – such as Connected Kerb – to make sure we make sustainable transport more attractive.
“The work that has been done so far is a testament to how well we can all work together and I look forward to the continued success of this scheme.”
Cllr Ray Field, Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Digital Transformation, said:
“I am delighted that work on installing 91 charging points at car parks across the district is complete – and all in the space of just a few months.
“In partnership with Kent County Council and Connected Kerb, we have been able to give drivers of electric vehicles easier access to charging points. It really is the way forward, especially from an environmental point of view and our pledge to drive down our carbon footprint.
“I hope this will give people the confidence to consider changing to an electric vehicle.”
Cllr John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said:
“Working with Connected Kerb means we are able to expand our network of EV charging points into areas of the Borough we have not yet been able to reach, adding to the capacity we already have in the town centre in areas such as Parrock Street car park.”
“I hope this increased charging capacity encourages local people to seriously consider the potential for switching from traditionally fuelled vehicles to lower emission alternatives.”
Connected Kerb CEO Chris Pateman-Jones said:
“Kent is a shining example of what councils looking to drive forward their sustainability agenda can achieve by installing reliable, affordable and accessible charging infrastructure that supports future technologies such as 5G, IoT and air quality sensors. I hope that this roll-out will inspire local authorities across the country to think about how they are going to get ready for the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.”
About Connected Kerb
Connected Kerb are one of the UK’s leading charging point providers, delivering future-proof, cost-effective and sustainable EV charging solutions for the public sector, developers, fleets, workplaces, car parks and other organisations to help accelerate the transition to EVs for all. Its unique solution combines power and data at the kerb to deliver user-friendly and reliable charging and provide the foundation for connected cities and communities.