We are supporting the government's drive to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles by 2030.
The government offer grants for people buying electric vehicles.
Public charging points are in key destinations such as shopping areas, car parks and service stations.
Placing new chargers
We get lots of requests to place new electric vehicle chargers.
You cannot place your own charger on public roads, or run charging cables across paths, as this is dangerous for pedestrians.
We prefer to group chargers together in car parks and off-street areas wherever possible. We will also work to make sure less populated areas have enough chargers to cover demand. We have a number of projects in development to increase public charging infrastructure.
Parish and town council charger project
We are installing chargers within parish and town councils.
District charger network project
We are leading a project to install high numbers of chargers across district council owned car parks throughout 2021-22.
The UK Government offer grants for developers of charging infrastructure.
The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles has awarded us £180,000 to install 14 rapid dual-headed chargers in 6 districts for taxis and private hire vehicles to use.
We have begun installation and expect to finish by the end 2021.
Buses already contribute to our environmental goals by removing cars from the road, but we believe more can be done. We are working with bus operators to lead the shift away from fossil fuels, and toward cleaner vehicles.
We have helped to organise several electric bus trials including:
- an 'opportunity charged' electric bus in Greenhithe, Bluewater and Dartford
- an overnight-charged electric bus trial servicing Canterbury Park and Ride and some Maidstone routes
- an award winning electric minibus pilot in our Kent Karrier service.
We already have 36 hybrid vans in use and by 2030, our fleet will be 100% electric.
To help the switch we are making sure our properties have suitable chargers for staff and the public, as well as continuing to expand the rapid charging network in Kent.