Project launched to support the rollout of EV charging station infrastructure

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The Geospatial Commission today launched a discovery project to investigate how location data can be better used to support the planning and deployment of electric vehicle charging stations by local authorities.

The UK has committed to the transition to electric vehicles (EV) to support ambitious net zero targets. Local authorities will play a crucial role in enabling this transition.

This project will support the approach outlined in the Government’s EV Infrastructure Strategy, released today by the Department for Transport, which focuses on enabling the deployment of a robust EV charging infrastructure network by 2030. Setting out a vision and approach for the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure Based on the expectations of key stakeholders, the strategy states that removing barriers to data sharing is important to enable decision-making.

dr Steve Unger, commissioner of the Geospatial Commission, said:

Location data will play a key role in planning the UK’s transition to electric vehicles and helping make net zero a reality. Through this project, the Geospatial Commission will understand the challenges faced by local authorities wishing to leverage location data. By working together, we will be able to unlock the potential for data-driven innovation in transportation.

The Geospatial Commission discovery project includes workshops with 10 local authorities to identify challenges and opportunities for better use of location data in the rollout of EV charging infrastructure. This project is being carried out by technical specialists Frazer-Nash Consultancy.

Matthew Perrin, Digital Services Innovation Lead, Frazer-Nash Consultancy said:

Geospatial data is crucial for the planning, installation and operation of an effective charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. We very much look forward to working with the Geospatial Commission and local authorities on this important study, and bringing our expertise in geospatial data and discoveries to enable this important step in the UK’s journey to net zero.

Councilor Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate at Leeds City Council, said:

Over the past five years, Leeds has taken a number of steps to accelerate our city’s transition to less polluting vehicles, by offering free electric van test drives, discounted parking and requiring charging points in new developments.

With figures showing that the number of plug-in vehicles in Leeds has doubled in the last year, it is vital that we understand how best to ensure access to charging infrastructure for drivers on the move or without private parking expand and improve. We are therefore delighted to be part of this contemporary project.

The following municipalities are involved in the project:

  1. Oxfordshire County Council
  2. Council of the City of York
  3. Norfolk County Council
  4. Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  5. West Sussex County Council
  6. Cornwall Council
  7. Kent County Council
  8. Leeds City Council
  9. Wiltshire Council
  10. Cheshire East Council

Editor’s Notes:
1. The Geospatial Commission published Positioning the UK in the Fast Lane in August 2021 stating that supporting the effective use of location data and systems is vital for the UK to have the best charging infrastructure in the world and achieve net-zero targets while at the same time driving growth economically. This new project builds on the findings of this report.

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