Draft Electric Vehicle Strategy

Closed 1 Oct 2019

Opened 27 Aug 2019

Feedback Updated 2 Jan 2020

We Asked

We asked for people's views and comments on our draft electric vehicle strategy, and a consultation took place from 27 August to 2 October 2019. It primarily consisted of an online questionnaire. 694 responses were submitted.

You Said

The full consultation response report is attached, but the highlights are:

  • 72% of respondents agree, or strongly agree with the general aims proposed in the strategy
  • 62% agree that the strategy should focus on people who will be reliant on public infrastructure
  • 61% think should be using renewable energy to power the chargers, but 33% think should only use renewable energy if it was not more expensive to users
  • 55% think they would be fairly or very likely to use chargers installed.
  • 39% think the aims were just right; 37% think the aims are not ambitious enough; 23% think the aims are too ambitious
  • 40% think that the County Council should allow cables in cable protectors, to run across pavements for charging electric vehicles; 51% think this should not be allowed; 8% didn’t know.

 Additional points that arose through the comments section included:

  • Alternative sustainable transport, including active transport such as cycling and walk should be considered over EV charging (5.91% of all responses)
  • The importance of enforcement to ensure charging bays are being used by charging cars (3.6% of all responses)
  • Concerns about cables (3.6% of all responses)
  • Broadening of the public land solution to a community land solution that encompassed village halls and community centres.

We Did

As a result of the consultation feedback, the following amendments were made to the Draft EV Strategy:

  1. Adjusted the Ambition
    The consultation draft included the aim of:

    70% of all new cars in the County to be electric by 2030, but as a minimum at least 50% are electric.
    The 50% caveat was removed, and the aim reworded to: At least 70% of new cars in the County to be electric by 2030.
  2. Removed enabling cables to cross pavements
    The consultation draft included a provision to enable cables to allow residents to run a cable in a suitable cable cover across a pavement and will develop and issue guidance to assist in ensuring that this is possible at minimal risk to members of the public.

    This was removed from the strategy and the County Council will not support residents to run a cable in a suitable cable cover across the pavement.

    Instead, the County Council will continue to explore potential solutions to enable residents to charge at home, including keeping up to date with pilots running in other areas, for example channels for cables in Oxford.
    3.  Broadened the public land solution aspiration
    The consultation draft included the aspiration of working in partnership with District and Borough Councils (the main owners of public off street parking) and Parish Councils to provide a public land solution.
    This aspiration has been broadened to a community land solution and the County Council’s partnership aspirations include charities that run and maintain community land such as village halls and community centres.
    4.  Other
    Adjustments were also made to the text to make it clearer that:
    • This strategy was set within the context of a move to more sustainable transport, and this was included in the strategy summary.
    • There would be no cost to the County Council to install the chargers
    • Chargers enabled by the County Council will be accessible via contactless payments
    • Street lighting chargers are not a viable solution within the County
    • Efforts will continue to engage with potential market providers to encourage them to invest in charging infrastructure within the County
    • Our communications plan will include a focus on local businesses

Several other minor additions and amendments were made to reflect comments and suggestions from the consultation and to provide clarity on various aspects of the strategy.
The Electric Vehicle Strategy, containing these amendments was approved by the Cabinet Member for the Environment on 3rd December 2019. The final strategy can be found on our website.

Results Updated 13 Dec 2019



Following the residents survey we carried out at the end of 2018, we are now seeking your views on our draft electric vehicle strategy.

This draft strategy sets out the County Council’s role in helping achieve the Government's ambition of at least half of new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030, and zero emissions from vehicles by 2050.

You can view the draft strategy, draft summary and frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page. Easy read versions of the summary and consultation questions can also be found below.

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The Sustainability Team will use this survey to collect personal data in order to carry out a task in the public interest.  The data will be processed in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act and any subsequent legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulations. 

The personal data we collect will not be shared with anyone outside West Sussex County Council Office and will only be used for the purpose stated. The data we collect will be held securely on computer for a period of up to one year before being appropriately destroyed. West Sussex County Council is registered as Data Controller (Reg. No. Z6413427). For further details and information about our Data Controller, please see www.westsussex.gov.uk/privacy-policy.

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact us on 0330 222 6455 or via email at ruth.o’brien@westsussex.gov.uk. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone you can contact us on 18001 0330 222 6455.

What Happens Next

Changes will be made to the draft strategy as a result of this consultation. The strategy will then be subject to Select Committee scrutiny and a Cabinet Member Decision in December 2019.


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