Electric vehicle revolution arrives in Sunderland

DRIVERS of electric vehicles will soon be able to rely on public charging points across Sunderland.

Those unable to charge their electric vehicles at home will have more options, with extended on-street and car park charging points.

The city council has signed a contract with Connected Kerb, one of the UK’s leading providers of EV infrastructure solutions, for the installation of 20 charging points, thanks to funding from the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) and the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS). Five locations are included in this phase, with sites identified across the city. 

The charging point deployment is another step towards Sunderland’s green ambitions. The council hopes to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality.

Sunderland City Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Transport, Councillor Claire Rowntree, said: “The council is committed to driving down its carbon emissions and to Sunderland becoming a carbon neutral city. Making it easier for residents to use electric vehicles with these new charging points is just one way we are doing this

“These new smart-enabled charging points also further bolster the technology credentials of Sunderland, which was named Smart City of the Year 2020. The points can ihost future technologies such as 5G, IoTs including parking and temperature sensors as the drive towards tomorrow’s smart cities continues.”

Connected Kerb CEO Chris Pateman-Jones said: “I am delighted that Sunderland City Council has chosen Connected Kerb to bring the electric vehicle revolution to the north-east of England. This will ensure that Sunderland residents, particularly those without driveways, do not get left behind in the EV transition. Installing long-lasting EV infrastructure in this area and throughout the country is essential if the UK’s net zero ambitions are to be met.” 

For more information on Connected Kerb, visit Electric vehicle revolution arrives in Sunderland (connectedkerb.com)