Electric Brighton Newsletter - Spring 2023
March 2nd 2023
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Here's our latest round-up of local news and goings-on in the world of Electric Vehicles in Brighton & Hove.
New bay marking locations now open for public comment
The latest round of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) were made public last month, revealing which existing lamp post chargers are planned to have dedicated "EV Only" bays added. If you would like to show your support for any of these proposed locations, public feedback is now open online. The locations are part of two TROs:
Objection period ends: Friday 17 March 2023.
Connaught Road (post 1), Eaton Gardens (post 8), First Avenue (post 4), Goldstone Road (post 5), Goldstone Villas (post 4), Seafield Road (post 6), Selborne Road (post 11), St Aubyns (post 4), Tisbury Road (post 7) and Ventnor Villas (post 6).
Objection period ends: Friday 24 March 2023.
Alpine Road (post 2), Bolsover Road (post 6), Byron Street (post 2), Coleridge Street (post 4), Langdale Road (post 4), Payne Road (post 6), Pembroke Avenue (post 8), Portland Road (post 4), Poynter Road (post 3), Rutland Road (post 8) and Wordsworth Street (post 5).
New Rapid Chargers
Also in the latest TROs (TRO-9-2023) is the new Elm Grove Rapid Chargers. This location is planned to have two charging units, both offering two 50kW CCS connectors, with one bay for taxis and one bay for public use on each charging unit.
As with the other Rapid-Charging locations installed in recent years, the funding for this location has come in part from the Governments Ultra Low Emission Taxi Infrastructure Scheme, and as such, is required to be used for taxis. And, as with the other locations, it will be available for use by the public until such time as the local taxi fleet require use of all bays.
This location was originally planned for Brighton Racecourse, but has since been changed to this location on Elm Grove, with another location planned for Pankhurst Avenue.
Council outlines long-term plans for new charging infrastructure
At the ETS Committee meeting back in January, Brighton & Hove City Council approved plans to keep up with rising demand for EV infrastructure in the city. At a minimum, the agreed plan will set out to:
- Triple the number of lamppost chargers from 300 to 900
- Increase the number of fast chargers from 100 to over 300
- Increase the number of rapid chargers from 6 to 100
We look forward to hearing more about these plans as they take shape in the coming years.
Local EV ownership update
The latest Government data for Q3 2022 (they take a little while to update things...) shows a continued increase for plug-in and battery electric vehicles, with the total registered Battery Electric Vehicles in Brighton & Hove now standing at 1336. Plug-in hybrid vehicles (those still with tailpipe emisisons) stand at around half that, with 680 registered vehicles.
You can stay up-to-date on these numbers on our page about EV ownership figures for Brighton & Hove.
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Thank you for your support,
Tom, Electric Brighton