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Waverley Borough Council expands EV charging network

Steve Williams

Waverley Borough Council is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in partnership with provider Engie.

The council is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030 and transport forms a major part of the Waverley’s Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy.

The council will be migrating its own council fleet to EVs and it will be expanding rapid EV charging facilities across the area in publicly available car parks.

Engie has already installed GeniePoint Network chargers across Waverley’s public car parks in Cranleigh, Godalming and Haslemere, and further chargers scheduled to be installed in Farnham. 

These chargers are rapid, 50kW+ chargers with three connectors – DC CCS, DC CHAdeMO and AC Type 2, which will charge any model of EV. 

The chargers are accessed via the GeniePoint App, available from the App Store or Google Play, or by RFID card.

Councilor Steve Williams, Waverley Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and sustainability, (pictured) said: “The continuation of our commitment to EV infrastructure is a key part of Waverley Borough Council’s aim to become carbon-neutral by 2030 and, hopefully, an encouragement to residents to switch to EV and help us achieve this.

“As a council, we purchased our own 100% electric car earlier this year to help drive down our own carbon emissions, the first of many electric vehicles we will be purchasing over coming years and we are encouraging the suppliers we work with to do the same.”

 In addition to the public chargers, Engie has also installed a workplace charging solution for Waverley Borough Council’s own fleet vehicles. 

The chargers are also publicly available between 5.30pm -8.30am, providing additional charging capacity to further support the switch to EVs.

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