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Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular. These types of cars differ from the conventional internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) in the way they generate energy to move. Conventional vehicles burn petrol or diesel, and when this happens, it sets the engine in rotating motion. This enables the movement of the car. In contrast, electric vehicles do not burn fuel – they obtain power from batteries to run a controller that allows the movement of the car.

The main advantage of battery electric cars is that they are zero-emission at point-of-use. BEVs therefore provide local environmental benefits including cleaner air and reduced noise in urban areas.

Did you know?
Overall fuel costs for an electric vehicle are around 3p per mile compared to 16p per mile for a conventional internal combustion engine car. Electric vehicles are also currently exempt from road tax, fuel duty, company car tax and congestion charges in cities such as London.

Where to charge your car

Wiltshire Council has recently installed twin fast charging units as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund project.

The location of the charging units:

  • Bradford on Avon Station Car park, BA15 1DQ
  • George Lane Car Park, Marlborough, SN8 4BX
  • Salisbury Beehive Park & Ride, SP4 6BT

OLEV funded charging infrastructure

Wiltshire Council has secured funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) through a scheme that gives local authorities access to grant funding, which can be used to part fund the procurement and installation of such infrastructure in line with specific technical specifications.  They are pushing ahead with plans to install a network of rapid electric vehicle charging points across Wiltshire.

The locations of the current ready to use charging points are:

  • Amesbury – Central – Salisbury Road, Amesbury, SP4 7JE
  • Corsham – Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Road, SN13 9DN
  • Corsham – Post Office Lane: SN13 0BS
  • Chippenham Gladstone Road car park: SN15 3DW
  • Chippenham – Monkton Park – SN15 1ER
  • Chippenham – Sadlers Mead car park, SN15 3PA
  • Devizes – Station Road, Devizes, SN10 1BZ
  • Melksham –  King Street SN12 6HB
  • Salisbury – Bournehill – SP1 3UZ
  • Salisbury – Brown Street SP1 1HE
  • Salisbury – Five Rivers (Campus) -Hulse Rd, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3NR
  • Salisbury park & ride – Britford – SP5 4DS
  • Salisbury park & ride – London Road –  SP1 3HP
  • Salisbury park & ride – Petersfinger – SP5 3BZ
  • Tisbury Community Campus – Weaveland Road, SP3 6HJ
  • Trowbridge – Duke Street BA14 8AE
  • Trowbridge – County Hall – Library Car Park
  • Trowbridge – County Hall –  Back Car Park
  • Warminster – Station Road BA12 8AE
  • Westbury – High Street-  Zone A – BA13 3BW

The points are positioned close to major routes to facilitate mid journey top up, with facilities such as a coffee shop nearby to accommodate drivers during the 20-30 minute recharge.

Great Western Railway has also installed electric vehicle charging points at some of its stations and one is available for public use at Trowbridge train station.

In addition to the rapid charge points, Wiltshire Council has also been successful in receiving 75% of funding from OLEV, to have electric vehicle charging points installed in public sector estate. The locations of the charging points are to be confirmed but OLEV have stipulated that they must be sited in the car parks of Wiltshire Council buildings and campuses.

The location of the charge points will enable public sector staff, visitors and the public to use their electric vehicles when visiting/commuting to key locations in the region. The installation of charge points in Wiltshire will also make onward travel toward other parts of the country possible.

There are additional charge points installed at private locations throughout Wiltshire and the rest of the UK and you can find more information about them on the OpenChargeMap or National Charge Point Registery.

For more detailed information about low emission vehicles including electric vehicles and charging please visit the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.