Statement from Cllr Peter McDonald

“Worcestershire County Council refuses to put a bid in for monies from the Government for kerbside chargers.

The Government have announce that there is more than £10m available for local authorities to install kerbside chargers making charging for electric vehicles more assessable.

These kerb chargers also act as internet connectivity points for drivers to access. In addition, they provide environmental, weather and traffic monitoring data for public authorities. The kerbside chargers are designed to be discreet and are manufactured from recycled materials to minimise environmental impact.

Multiple studies have found that electric cars are more efficient and therefore responsible for less greenhouse gas and other emissions than cars powered solely by internal combustion engines. An EU study based on expected performance in 2020 found that an electric car using electricity generated solely by an oil-fired power station would use only two-thirds of the energy of a petrol car travelling the same distance.

Yet the County Council will not support such projects and have their heads in the sand when it comes to climate change.”