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New data shows most prepared area in country for EV uptake is Cherwell

Byoxfordnewspaper

Oct 12, 2022

This district in the county is the most prepared area for electric vehicles (EV) in the UK.

By looking into EV charging device installations, car lease comparison site Moneyshake has discovered that Cherwell is the second most prepared area for the switch to EV in the UK.

The study analysed data from the Department for Transport on three factors – the number of publicly available electric vehicle charging devices, the number of charging devices installed using the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and the number of sockets installed using the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) in each local authority, per 100,000 people.

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From these factors, each local authority was given a score out of 561, which were ranked lowest to highest.

Cherwell emerged as the second most prepared area for the switch to EV with a final score of 33.

This was made up of 89 publicly available charging devices per 100,000 people in the UK, 115 sockets installed per 100,000 people through the Workplace Charging Scheme and 919 charging devices per 100,000 people installed through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

Stratford-on-Avon has emerged as the most prepared local authority for the switch the EV, with a final score of 28, and the Cotswolds came in third with a final score of 37.5.

At the other end of the scale, the local authority that is least prepared according to the study is the Isles of Scilly, which landed a final score of 561, ranking bottom in all factors.

The area has had no installations of any charging devices.

Out of all the regions in the UK, the South East was deemed to be the most prepared for the switch to EV.

CEO of Moneyshake Eben Lovatt said: “There’s no doubt that electric vehicles are better for the environment and the popularity of them is only growing, with us having seen a big increase in interest of electric car leasing.

"However, there is still a way to go for the government's 2030 plans to be a success, as a robust charging network is critical.

“Whilst it’s positive to see there has been plenty of home installations of charging devices through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, the UK’s public infrastructure is still a way behind.

“As more is invested into charging devices being installed across the country, such as through the local EV infrastructure (LEVI) pilot scheme, hopefully, we can see the UK’s EV charging network improve.”

Moneyshake aims to simplify the search for a new car by bringing all the brands, products and best offers together in one place.

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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

Follow him on Twitter: @OxMailMattN1

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