The funding, provided by Welsh Government’s Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Transformation Fund will see EV charging points installed on streets, car parks and at workplaces.
The project aims to meet Welsh Government’s 2025 vision for electric vehicle charging in Wales, whereby all users of electric cars and vans should be confident they can access EV charging infrastructure when and where needed.
Bridgend has also been allocated six electric taxis that are being made available on a ‘try before you buy’ basis to taxi fleet operators. A charging point for taxis has been installed in Hillsboro Place Car Park, Porthcawl, as part of the scheme.
An extra £300,000 of funding is being made available to the local authority through a Welsh Local Government ULEV grant, which can be used to upgrade power systems, digital support infrastructure and the charging points themselves. The funding is dependent on the local authority’s commitment to submit a plan for the electrification of fleets and depots.
Continued funding will be made available to support the public sector to move to a more sustainable fleet and infrastructure.
Councillor Stuart Baldwin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are receiving increasing enquiries from the public about charging electric vehicles as uptake increases. Bridgend County Borough Council takes our 2030 Zero Carbon agenda very seriously and we welcome the Welsh Government funding which will allow us to greatly improve our electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the county borough.”