20 May 2021 | Innovation | Collaboration | Net Zero

Connected Kerb project delivers EV charging to small communities in Kent

Connected Kerb has worked with Kent County Council (KCC) to install 40 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in poorly-served areas across the county.

Transportandenergy.com reports that the project will increase the accessibility of EV charging across Kent Parish sites and provides a blueprint for the UK’s local authorities to bring the EV revolution to hard-to-reach areas.

Connected Kerb’s technology and business model will reduce the cost for local authorities and landlords, making EV charging realistic for hard-to-reach communities.

In the project’s first phase, Connected Kerb will install 40 charging units across the 20 sites to improve accessibility for EV motorists and encourage a wider shift to EVs. All income from the chargers will go to the local community or is used to support the roll out and maintenance of more chargers, creating a long-term revenue stream for those involved.

With over 30% of the UK’s public charging network located in London – equivalent to 63 public chargers per 100,000 people – areas of Kent have just 2.2 chargers per 100,000 people, with access to convenient charge points essential to ensuring communities do not become isolated, unreachable, or unuseable, according to the UK Government.

You can read the full story here.

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) is partnering with transportandenergy.com to deliver an exclusive webinar entitled ‘Overcoming local authority challenges in the EV space’. The event is taking place next Tuesday (25 May) and you can register here.