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Have your say on EV charging points across Swansea

Swansea Council is urging residents to get involved in a major new survey looking at options for the future of EV charging points across the city.

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The council has already set up a network of nearly 80 EV charging points at key car parks and 25 other locations around the city.

But it wants to hear from residents, businesses and other organisations about where they believe the next generation of publicly-accessible charging points should go.

Andrea Lewis, joint deputy leader and Cabinet member for service transformation, said: "The council is committed to being a net zero organisation by 2030 and to support Swansea to be a net zero city by 2050.

"We've made valuable progress in improving access to charging points for electric vehicles by making them available at city centre locations like the Quadrant car park and Swansea arena, at tourist destinations like Bracelet Bay and Caswell Bay and in community car parks in places like Morriston, Gorseinon and Clydach.

"At the recent South West Wales Green Economy conference we announced ambitious plans for a new transport charging hub in an expanded Fabian Way park and ride site in collaboration with DST Innovations and Batri Ltd.

"We've also got the largest in-house electric vehicle fleet of any local authority in Wales with more than 100 so far and more to come."

She said: "But the ever-increasing number of electric vehicle registrations in Swansea highlights the need for an expanded network of publicly-accessible charging points installed at destinations, on-street and at charging hubs.

"The consultation aims to find out the views of EV users, those who are thinking of buying one and those who aren't owners so we can get an idea of what the next generation of the network might need to look like.

"If you live in Swansea, work in Swansea or are a business or other organisation operating in the Swansea, we need to know what you think."

Survey feedback will directly inform how the council approaches the creation of EV infrastructure around the city in the years ahead, complementing activity by commercial operators already offering services to businesses and private householders.

At the same time the results will provide the council with further evidence it needs to attract Welsh Government grants which will be critical to the expansion of the local publicly-available EV network in the years ahead.

Cllr Lewis said: "The EV network supported by the council in Swansea has been funded mainly by Welsh Government grant. Any extension of the public network will continue to be subject to funding from the Welsh Government.

"That's why comments in this latest round of consultation will play a significant part in helping us and Welsh Government understand the need and expectations of local people in the years ahead and the funding support that goes with it."

The consultation ends on December 10 and can be found here Electric vehicles - have your say - Swansea

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