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Network Innovation Allowance
ED - Transition to low carbon future
Commercial, Community Schemes, Electric Vehicles, Modelling and Stakeholder Engagement
Disabled motorists who do not have access to off-street parking will require on-street charging solutions as they transition to EVs. These motorists will have specific needs, with limited flexibility on where they can park and accessibility concerns for charging solutions.
If all disabled parking bays will need to be electrified, this could have a significant impact on our network. Research by Ricardo estimates that up to 1.35 million disabled drivers will be partially or wholly reliant on public charging infrastructure. If we assume, based on population, that around a third of those drivers are within our area that will be nearly half a million customers. If we know where these bays are, we can plan to ensure disabled EV motorists’ needs are met without any detrimental effect to our network.
The objectives and outcomes are:
· To understand the needs of disabled EV drivers, in particular those reliant on on-street parking and charging
· To understand the location and spread of disabled parking spaces within our area, where possible
· To understand the network implications of the electrification of these disabled parking spaces, and to identify an appropriate investment plan accordingly
· To understand the barriers to electrification of disabled parking spaces and develop an approach to overcome these
· To develop a coordinated approach with local authorities to serve the needs of disabled EV drivers that can be delivered within Local Area Energy Plans
· To identify areas for further investigation/trials