Local authorities in England can now access reliable, up-to-date information about electric vehicles (EVs) and EV infrastructure which is designed to help them build an effective charge point deployment strategy.
The National Electric Vehicle Insight and Strategy (NEVIS) service, developed by independent, low emission transport experts Cenex, provides quantitative information including projected EV uptake, future demand for infrastructure, and revenue and emission impacts.
In addition, the service comprises a growing knowledge repository of useful reports and guidance, procurement advice, and a networking platform to share experiences and tips.
So far more than 75 councils have registered for the toolkit since its launch at Cenex-LCV in September, with English LAs granted free access as part of the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund.
The LEVI Support Body, formed of Cenex, Energy Saving Trust and PA Consulting, provides expert technical and commercial support to enable successful LEVI applications for a share of the £400m capital grant scheme administered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
It offers pre-application support to shape and develop electric vehicle infrastructure vision, strategy and, ultimately, LEVI Fund proposals through assistance in understanding eligibility and establishing project fit against criteria.
Chris Rimmer, Infrastructure Strategy Lead at Cenex, said: “Any good strategy is grounded in reliable and accurate information, and the NEVIS service means all local authorities can now access and use the relevant data to build a robust EVI Strategy.
“It shows LAs the status of the vehicle parc, emissions, EV uptake and charge points in their area, and a range of projections for future EV uptake so that they can stay ahead of the curve and ensure there is enough public infrastructure to meet future demand.
“A comprehensive strategy is essential for a high-quality LEVI Fund applications which will deliver on the sustainability targets set out by Government and support the transition to low emission transport.”
Chris will be providing an update entitled ‘Delivering local EV infrastructure at next month’s Transport + Energy Forum – an event which will bring together key stakeholder groups to discuss the actions that need to be taken to reach net zero. Local authorities are being provided with fully funded places, including meals and accommodation.
Local authorities interested in registering for the event and taking advantage of one of the fully funded places available can do so here: https://transportandenergy.com/te-forum-event-public-sector-registration/