Plaid Cymru leader encourages Caerphilly council to help create electric car charging points

10/09/2018

Not a single public charging point is in existence in Caerphilly county borough, it has been revealed.

Plaid group leader Councillor Colin Mann said: “The council has installed charging points at Ty Penallta HQ and Tiryberth but these are for staff use. 

“One of the issues that is holding back the public from buying electric vehicles is the scarcity of charging points.  If the council is to succeed in its aim to encourage wider ownership it should press on as soon as possible with charging points that are publicly available

“On a visit to Ireland recently I noticed several on street charging points available for public use, one in a very rural community.  This must be the way ahead

A report went to the council’s policy and resources committee last week on an electric vehicle strategy and action plan.

“The report to committee revealed that while there are 439 charge points across Wales there are none publicly available in the county borough.

“While the number of electric cars registered here is low, this will increase substantially over the coming years.

“I hope private companies – as happens in places like Cardiff – will also but the council could be leading by example

“At present the council does not have electric vehicles in its fleet. A move to electric vehicles would certainly send a strong message to the public.

“Taxis are going electric in the UK and a coalition of fleet operators has committed to expanding the purchase of electric vans.”