87 rapid electric vehicle chargers provided by West Yorkshire partnership

A partnership between a Yorkshire authority and a clean electricity provider has over 87 rapid electric vehicle chargers.

The partnership, between the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and EQUANS, has helped tackle air pollution in the region through the installation of over 87 rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers – helping to provide accessible EV charging facilities for residents across the district to support more to make the switch to EV.

To date, the partnership has enabled drivers to save 2,164 tonnes of CO2 and has dispensed 2.7 million kilowatt hours of green energy – enough to power a typical EV around the planet 380 times.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority secured almost £2m from the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in 2019, and subsequently appointed EQUANS to support its effort to accelerate the provision of EV chargers and encourage drivers in the region to make the switch from petrol and diesel.

Dee Humphries, managing director of EV Solutions at EQUANS UK & Ireland said: “We’re committed to improving the lives of people in cities and urban areas by working with local authorities to tackle air pollution. It starts with providing drivers with accessible and reliable charging points…”

“EQUANS is passionate about succeeding in the mission to reduce emissions and so we were delighted to be in a position where we could actively invest in the scheme and encourage EV charging use in the region.

“West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s bold ambition should be a driving force for other local authorities across the country who are looking to protect the health of their residents and work towards a carbon neutral future.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and Chair of West Yorkshire Transport Committee, said: “We know one of the barriers to people making the switch to an electric car is knowing where they can charge their vehicles and I’m proud that our region has the highest number of rapid charging points outside of London.

“But there are many other obstacles and that’s why we’re continuing to call on the Government to go further.”

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