We have been awarded £1.86 million across two years to roll-out electric vehicle charging facilities in Wrexham.
This funding comes as part of a £15 million investment from Welsh Government to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points across Wales.
The proposals for Wrexham will see the creation of mobility hubs in the city centre, as well as the installation of a variety of capacity chargers at different sites, including at some of our more rural locations across the county.
The first of the new city centre hubs is proposed to be established within the Market Street car park. There’s also a proposed installation of over 20 smaller, capacity units within various smaller car parks across the county.
“Important step on the road to lower carbon transport for Wrexham”
Cllr David A Bithell, Deputy Leader and Climate Champion, said: “We are pleased to receive this funding which will enable us to continue our work to help people to move to Electric Vehicles through both the creation of mobility hubs around areas where demand is likely to be greatest and where we can provide some higher capacity chargers, and also supporting some of our smaller and more rural communities with some smaller capacity chargers.”
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Environment, said: “The smaller capacity, publically accessible chargers should help people who may not have access to off street parking spaces where they could install EV chargers. As part of this project we are also looking to add some increased small scale provision to support active travel and nature. We are keen to make a start on this important step on the road to lower carbon transport for Wrexham.”
“Committed to creating high quality electric vehicle infrastructure across Wales”
Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for transport, Lee Waters said: “Drivers need to have the confidence to make the switch to electric vehicles as demand increases and that’s why we are committed to creating high quality electric vehicle infrastructure across Wales.
“Most of this work will be delivered by the private sector but our role is to facilitate private sector investments across Wales and ensure equality of access.
“To help with this, we have created a private sector taskforce which will engage with the market, break down any barriers to investment and accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure.
“The funding announced today is another step in the right direction but we have further to go – we will continue to work with local authorities and the private sector so that Wales keeps up with the rapid increase in the number of electric vehicles.”
Funding opportunities for businesses and others
The government is providing funding to support people with moving to electric powered vehicles. Are you eligible for any of these grants?
Are you a private landlord? If so, there are two grants (EV chargepoint grant and EV infrastructure grant) you can apply to help with installing chargepoints for electric vehicles at a property you own.
People who own or rent a flat
The EV chargepoint grant is available to people who own or rent a flat. You can apply for this grant if:
• you own and live in a flat, or you rent any residential property
• your home has its own private off-street parking space
• you own an eligible vehicle
Workplaces (social enterprises and businesses)
Low-emission vehicles could be eligible for a plug-in grant. Some taxis can be sold at a 20% discount where the seller will include the discount in the purchase price. The maximum discount is £7,500.