Electric vehicle drivers in Brighton will soon be able to charge at over 200 charging points around the city, thanks to a new network we are installing in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council.

Thanks to funding from OLEV and Electric Blue, within the next year Brighton & Hove’s network will welcome 207 lamppost chargers, plus four rapid charging hubs for taxis, along with the adoption of 19 fast chargers. This is a fantastic opportunity for the city to drive the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the city, and improve air quality in the urban centre for all residents.

Electric Blue is delighted to be working alongside other project partners in the delivery of this charger network:

  • CityEV
  • Siemens
  • Schneider
  • ElectrAssure

Why are charge points so important for Brighton & Hove?

We know that air quality is a public health issue, and in many areas, including in Brighton & Hove, concentration levels of nitrogen dioxide still exceed EU and English standards. Transport emissions are a key contributor of harmful pollutants; in fact, in Brighton & Hove emissions from diesel engines are the most constant contributor to poor air quality in confined spaces.

Brighton’s two Air Quality Management Areas are bringing about positive changes to the air quality in specific areas of the city, and in 2018 the council was compliant with all of the pollutants listed in the Air Quality Strategy, except for nitrogen dioxide. The council is working alongside various organisations to raise awareness of the importance of air pollution from transport emissions, including how it affects public health, and residents are decidedly on board with welcoming changes in order to improve local air quality. There are almost 500 EVs now registered in the city, so the need for charging points is apparent.

Those with an EV, or plans for an EV in the future, lodged their interest with the council, which led to a priority decision for residential lamppost chargers. These chargers will provide practical and accessible charging solutions for all EV drivers, both present and in the future.

Partnering with EV champions

We are delighted to be working in Brighton & Hove, and driving forward these positive changes needed to improve urban air quality, alongside the council. Brighton & Hove is a forward thinking city with a very active EV driver population, and we are excited to see how this new network can benefit the lives of all the local residents.

“Electric Blue is hugely excited about this partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and commend the authority in their bold ambitions to vastly improve the city’s zero-emission transport options, with a comprehensive range of charging possibilities. We know that the key to driving the uptake of electric vehicles, on a mass scale, is to first provide the appropriate and accessible infrastructure…and of course power it with 100% renewable energy! Brighton & Hove is widely perceived as the country’s green-thinking capital, and we are thrilled to join them on this venture.”

Alex Calnan – Managing Director, Electric Blue
For more information on the Brighton & Hove charger network, you can visit Brighton and Hove City Council news or Electric Brighton. We will be announcing updates on the status of the chargers, and the overall progress of the project on our website, Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow and keep up with all of the latest news.

Date: 11/11/2019