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Geospatial Commission to investigate location data for electric vehicle charging

25/03/22
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The Geospatial Commission has launched a discovery project on how location data can support local authorities in the planning and delivery of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

It said the project will support the approach set out in the Government’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, published today by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The project includes workshops with 10 local authorities to identify challenges and opportunities for better use of location data in the EV infrastructure.

It will be carried out by the Frazer-Nash Consultancy and the councils taking part are Oxfordshire, York, Norfolk, West Sussex, Cornwall, Kent, Leeds, Wiltshire, Cheshire East and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Councillor Helen Hayden, executive member for infrastructure and climate at Leeds City Council, said: “Over the last five years, Leeds has taken a range of actions, offering free electric van trials, discounted parking and requiring charge points in new developments, to accelerate our city’s transition to less polluting vehicles.

“With figures showing that the number of plug-in vehicles in Leeds has doubled over the last year, it is vitally important that we understand how best to expand and improve access to charging infrastructure for drivers on the go or without private parking. We are therefore excited to be part of this timely project.”

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