Electric vehicle charging
Three Rivers District has many Electric Vehicle Charging points available to the public (59 in October 2020). This is over twice the regional average (which is 20 per 100,000 people) although a third lower than London (63 per 100k popn). Many are provided commercially and two points are on District Council land.
Electric driving in Three Rivers District
There are now many models and options available if you want to drive electric. The problem of short range is being rapidly overcome by larger batteries and the network of public charging points is constantly growing.
You can find out where charging points are from many mapping providers online, by searching on 'public vehicle charging points' or visit the Energy Saving Trust here for information on owning, running and charging an Electric vehicle.
Government Grants for home charging
The Government offers grants to help pay for your home car charger - information here Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Planned electric charging infrastructure by Three Rivers District Council
The District Council's agreed approach is to consider the potential provision of 'rapid charging' points to enhance the attractiveness of local centres for business users and retail visitors, as well as providing an opportunity for local residents who have no private charging to charge their cars, subject to the availability of external funding.
As suitable Government grants are not available for local Councils to introduce rapid public charging infrastructure (which, like petrol pumps, are usually provided by commercial firms) on their own land, the District Council has determined to invest its capital funding into encouraging uptake of electric driving.
The District Council's Transport & Parking Projects team is in the process of procuring rapid electric vehicle charging points for its car parks, specifically to enable and encourage drivers to visit local shops. A pilot scheme will launch in Abbots Langley and Rickmansworth, with points planned in all the District Centres if this scheme proves popular. The Council also supports in principle the introduction of ‘rapid’ electric vehicle charging points for use by taxi firms around the District.
Public charging points to enable electric driving
Public charge points are important to enable drivers to visit the local area but they are not essential for residents who want to switch to electric vehicles (except where residents have no private parking).
As a key benefit of Electric Driving is financial, with fuel charges that are comparable to a tank of petrol costing around £10-15, many new electric drivers prefer to charge at home overnight rather than relying on costly public charging points, except for occasional longer journeys.
For charge points on public roads, Herts County Council is the Local Highway Authority. District Councils can only introduce them on their own land, for which there is no regular Government funding, although Watford Borough Council is trialling a pilot scheme for on-road chargers, for the County Council.