The council enabling and encouraging residents to swap their *private* petrol/diesel cars for *private* electric cars is always going to be problematic.
However what they do in car parks is really up to them BUT this location “Railway Place, Bath (adjacent to Bath railway station): 2 x rapid (50kW)” should be carefully watched. This is an on-street charging station. Will pavement space be re-allocated to the charging station? Will it be *in-street*? Why is one space not dedicated to an eCar share club? Given the number of carparks in the vicinity why place one here? Why is this not a bank of eCar club spaces and eScooter/eBike/eCargobike hire stations?
The council needs to tackle private car ownership head on and the only way it will achieve this is by putting shared mobility eHUBs on every street corner https://electrictravel.tfgm.com/ehubs/. Give people access to an electric car (of different sizes) should they need one, but give them options to grab an eBike, eCargobike, eScooter, or even an eVan.
Fundamentally the problem is one of pollution getting into the food chain (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/03/car-tyres-produce-more-particle-pollution-than-exhausts-tests-show) that Electric Vehicles makes worse and we need to get people moving around our region using the minimum viable sustainable transport mode and that means putting *private* cars at the back of the queue, prioritising walking/wheeling, then cycling, then public transport/shared transport (taxis), then eCar clubs, then, and only then, private cars.
Using public street space to enable private car ownership is completely wrong, goes against the principles set out in the the Journey To Net Zero document (https://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/documents/s71504/Appendix%20A%20-%20Journey%20to%20Net%20Zero.pdf) and needs calling out.
Dear council, do not set a precedent by using public space to enable and encourage swapping of like for like private cars. Enable people to give up their cars, but have access to one should they need it. That is a much more equitable approach.
L-R: Councillor Sarah Warren and Councillor Kevin Guy, Council Leader, at one of the new electric vehicle charging points in Bath
Thirty new electric charging points are being installed across Bath and North East Somerset Council, following the expansion of the Revive vehicle charging network.
As part of its efforts to reduce transport emissions in the drive for net-zero, B&NES is installing new electric vehicle (EV) charge points. Users can sign up at www.revivecharging.net
The bays are being installed at eight locations across the district including 16 rapid (50kW) and 14 fast (22kW) public charging bays.
The new EV charging facilities are at the following locations:
- Kingsmead Square car park, Bath: 4 x fast (22kW) bays
- Charlotte St car park, Bath: 2 x fast (22kW), 6 x rapid (50kW),
- Larkhall car park, Bath: 2 x fast (22kW) bays
- Claverton Rd car park, Widcombe, Bath: 2 x fast (22kw) bays
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