Electric Brighton Newsletter - Summer 2023

June 20th 2023

The following is our newsletter which is emailed out to our mailing list every few months with local EV news. If you'd like to subscribe, head over to our Hug the Plug campaign and fill out the form.


As always, a big welcome to those of you who've joined our newsletter through our Hug the Plug campaign, which now has over 630 members!

Here's our quarterly round-up of local news and goings-on in the world of Electric Vehicles in Brighton & Hove.

Local news

Lamp Post Chargers

100 new Lamp Post chargers installed, waiting to be available in-app

Earlier this year you may have noticed a bunch of new Lamp Post Chargers popping up around the city. Well, these new Blink Charging (formerly EB Charging) locations are due to be added soon to the Blink Charging App (formerly EB GO).

Note that these locations are all "bay-less" for the time being, but just like other locations without marked bays, they are expected to receive marked bays over the coming years.

Here's the full list!

See a map of all planned locations on our website.

More dedicated bays coming in July

In our Spring newsletter we reported on Traffic Regulation Orders open for public comment, which would be adding dedicated EV-only bays to a number of existing charging locations around the city. Well, these locations are soon to be painted - and the Council have informed us that the current ETA for these bays to go live is July 25th. This may change, but we will update our site to reflect these new parking restrictions once they are live. For a recap of these locations, please see our previous newsletter.

FareShare receive new electric vans for their fleet

Fareshare vans

FareShare, the regional UK charity that tackles hunger and food waste by providing surplus food to local charities, has recently taken delivery of new electric vans to join their local fleet operating in Brighton & Hove.

The Maxus eDeliver 9 vans have been paid for by support from the Rampion and the Sussex Community Foundation and FareShare say they can carry around 850kg of food, which is approximately 2024 meals, all delivered locally to those in need. The new vans will be helping FareShare achieve their 2032 target of reducing CO₂ emissions by 30%.


Compare UK EV Charging Network prices

The cost of charging an EV on the UK's public charging networks has changed hugely in recent years, as the wholesale cost of electricity has risen sharply alongside the increases of gas prices.

To help make it easier to see where the best value lies on our public UK charging networks, every month we compile comparisons of EV Charging Networks over on a website we operate: Leccy.net. you can see prices for slow, fast, rapid and ultra rapid charging services from a range of the UK's charging networks.

Check out the full list of charging networks and prices over on the site.

Maxus T90EV

UK's first all-electric pickup truck available locally

If you've been waiting for an electric pickup truck to come to the UK market, you may well have been waiting for quite some time now. Which is why this new vehicle really stands out - it's the only electric pickup truck on sale in the UK right now!

It's got 220 miles of range, a truck-bed carry capacity of 1000kg and impressive capabilities both on and off-road.

If you're interested in the T90EV, visit the Rivervale Maxus showroom on Victoria Road in Portslade for more details - or call 01273 433 953 to arrange a test drive.

Rivervale are a paid supporter of Electric Brighton.

London to Paris EV Rally 2023

London to Brighton (...to Paris!) Electric Vehicle Rally 2023

The brilliant annual London to Brighton EV Rally returns again this year, with a new twist, as it extends the rally on from Brighton all the way down to Paris during a second day of festivities!

The event will be taking place over from Friday June 30th to Sunday July 2nd, with the London to Brighton contingent arriving from London at Brighton's iconic Madeira Drive from around Midday on Saturday July 1st. The seafront will be host to sponsor’s stalls, test drives, live music, and plenty of activities for children, electric go-karts, and wheelchair basketball.

Plus, it's not too late to join the rally - Tickets are available at londontobrightonelectricvehiclerally.com.

Battery Electric Vehicles Q4 2022

Local EV ownership update

Government data for Q4 2022 shows a continued increase for plug-in and battery electric vehicles, with ownership numbers showing 1469 pure Battery-Electric Vehicles and 710 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Battery-Electric continues to outpace Plug-in Hybrid. Based on the steady increase of EV numbers in the city, we estimate that the number of Battery-Electric in mid-2023 is around 1800.

You can see these numbers on our page about EV ownership figures for Brighton & Hove.

If you would like to support Electric Brighton and our efforts to speed up the transition away from fossil fuel vehicles in Brighton & Hove, then please check out some of the ways you can support us.

Thank you for your support,

Tom, Electric Brighton

Our Supporters

We're grateful to our supporters in helping us to promote electric vehicles in Brighton & Hove, and beyond. They're great!

Rivervale Maxus

We're proud to announce that Rivervale Maxus have partnered with us again in 2023. Rivervale Maxus are a leading supplier of Electric Vans, having increased their range to include the versatile Maxus eDeliver 9, and the recent addition of the T90EV all-electric pickup truck - the first to market in the UK! Plus, they still offer electric vehicle leasing that covers the full market for EVs alongside a dedicated electric vehicle service centre. It's great to be working with the Rivervale team once again!