The EV Charging Action Plan sets out how the Welsh Government will be working closely with the private sector. The aim is to deliver a charging point facility for every 20 miles of the strategic trunk network across Wales by 2025 to support the introduction of electric cars. This is also to provide further reassurance to electric car drivers over the coming years.
Transport is currently generating around 17% of all carbon emissions in Wales. By improving electric vehicle infrastructure, the Welsh Government is taking a huge step. The government hopes to improve the impact transport is having on both the environment and our health. Llwybr Newydd has also set out how the Welsh transport system will change over the next 20 years. This should encourage more people out of cars, to using public transport, walking or cycling.
The Welsh Government’s Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) Transformation Fund has already provided a kick-start for many EV projects across Wales.
Carmarthenshire Council was awarded a £350,000 grant to develop a rapid charging facility on the A48 in Cross Hands. The multi-point charging facility will serve one of the main tourist routes through Wales. The facility comprises five rapid chargers from 50kW to 150kW under a solar canopy. They will also have capacity for further expansion and is expected to be operational later this year.
The next round of ULEV funding will open for bids in December 2021. The fund will help local authorities deliver more than 300 publicly accessible fast and rapid charging points across Wales this financial year. There are also plans in place to increase both public and private sector delivery in line with the Welsh Government’s strategy in future years.