Agenda and draft minutes

Environment Sub Committee - Tuesday, 9th November, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: 0.02 Chamber - Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY. View directions

Contact: Dave Parkin; Tel: 0191 643 5316  Email: Democraticsupport@northtyneside.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

E8/19

Declaration of Interests and Dispensations

To receive any declarations of interests or dispensations

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

E9/19

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To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2021

Minutes:

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2021 be confirmed and signed by the Chair.

E10/19

Facilities for Electric Vehicle Charging in North Tyneside

To give consideration to a presentation on the provision of facilities for charging electric vehicles in the borough.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a presentation which provided an update on the North Tyneside electric vehicle charging strategy.  It was explained that the market for zero emission vehicles was currently constrained by a number of factors including the limited choice of vehicles, the high cost of electric vehicles compared to petrol/diesel vehicles, the small number of entry level vehicles and the limited supply of vehicles in the used car market.  Due to the current shortages of computer chips waiting times for new vehicles were significantly higher than would be expected and this affected the roll out of electric vehicles both in the UK and worldwide.

 

Reference was made to the government incentives currently available to encourage the roll out of zero emission vehicles.  Many of the incentives were focussed around company car tax relief although it was anticipated that once the Zero Emission Vehicle market matured the incentives were likely to be reduced or withdrawn, as had happened with the incentives provided for the roll out of solar PV systems.

 

It was explained that the maximum range of zero emission vehicles was currently around 350 to 400 kilometres (km) on a single charge which was sufficient for the majority of residents, 85% of whom travelled within a 30km area.  This meant that, like petrol or diesel fuelling arrangements, most residents would only need to charge their vehicle once a week.  It was suggested that early adopters were likely to be those who could comfortably and conveniently transition to electric vehicles without it adversely impacting on their daily routine. 

 

It was also explained that the existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure was expanding to include a variety of venues such as business parks, retail parks, gym/leisure centres, supermarkets and hospitals rather than being focussed on individual homes.   It was noted that many homes did not have the facility to have electric car charging facilities installed due to their location or lack of off-street parking facilities.  Whilst there were a number of on-street charging options available they created a number of challenges to overcome which included:

 

·         The allocation of parking to specific properties;

·         The creation of additional street furniture and issues around obstruction of the footpath, damage to the equipment and future maintenance;

·         The redesign of the existing street lighting furniture to accommodate vehicle charging points

·         Limited off-grid solutions; and

·         Infrastructure not being transferrable for example if the property owner moved.

It was noted that the Authority had not been a mainstream fuel provider to businesses or the public and it therefore did not intend to become a long-term default provider of electric vehicle charging points.  It was also noted that the lifecycle of battery technology was around 2-3 years and this was significantly shorter than the lifespan of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  It was explained that charging infrastructure installed now would be obsolete by 2030.  The Authority would facilitate others, such as energy companies and fuel providers to provide public electric vehicle charging facilities.

Details of the current electric vehicle charging points  ...  view the full minutes text for item E10/19