Electric Vehicle Charge-points

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EV Charge-point funding for parish, town and community councils

Welcome to Kent County Council's Electric Vehicle Charge-point scheme for parish, town and community councils. Here you will find all the information you need about the scheme.

Why we are doing this project?

Kent County Council (KCC) is committed to helping the residents and businesses of Kent switch to more sustainable modes of travel such as walking, cycling and using public transport. However, we recognise that many people will still rely on private vehicles for their transport needs. Where this is necessary, KCC wants to help enable the use of low carbon transport modes, such as electric vehicles (EVs).

Providing adequate electric vehicle charge-points across the county is a very important part of KCC's strategic plan to achieve carbon neutrality in Kent by 2050, set out within the Kent & Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy. While there is private investment available for providing charge-points in densely populated locations, or on the main roads, often the smaller communities will be missed. This project aims to provide publicly available charge-points in local communities across Kent. The project will start off as a pilot project with a small number of targeted locations in Kent. These have been selected based on a number of criteria:

  • Gaps in existing EV charge-point locations
  • Gaps in future EV charge-point plans in the local area
  • Population density
  • Air Quality Management Areas
  • Best locations to encourage EV uptake
  • Links to Solar arrays

KCC will assess the scheme as it progresses and monitor its success. As future funding becomes available the scheme could be rolled out to more areas in Kent.

What is the project?

KCC have funding for the year 2020/21 to install Charge-points in Parish and Town Council locations (including Village Hall Associations – see below). It is planned that KCC will invite interested partners within the areas identified to put forward their locations. KCC will optimise the locations ensuring best value for money and procure one supplier to install charge-points at these prioritised locations. KCC will ensure ongoing maintenance is included and a revenue share is returned to the Parish or Town council as landowner

Who can register their interest for this project?

During the trial phase of the project, registrations were only available to the below parishes; we are now expanding the project and welcome registrations from any town or parish council under Kent County Council's administrative authority.

Area 1 (Z1)Area 2 (Z2)Area 3 (Z6)Area 4 (Z10)
StoneLongfield and NewbarnHartlipTemple Ewell
Sutton-at-Hone and HawleyMeophamIwadeWhitfield
SwanleyWest KingsdownLower Halstow
Swanscombe and GreenhitheMinster on Sea

This project is aimed at Parish and Town Councils who have ownership or use of village/town halls and community buildings. We do appreciate that some of the Councils listed above will not have access to a village hall or community building but we are open to explore all available opportunities if another piece of land or building can be found.

All councils wishing to register their interest in the project shall be referred to as the applicant.

Our car park is owned by the Village Hall Association, can we still apply?

Yes. So long as the land is owned for the benefit of the local community and any funds that are reinvested are kept in the local community, we are willing to work with Village Hall Associations. The application could come via the Parish Council or it may come directly from the Village Hall Association. As a legal agreement is required for each location it should be established early on who the named parties are to be. Importantly it should be established which party is set to benefit from the profit share. If you wish to discuss your individual circumstances please contact electricvehicles@kent.gov.uk in the first instance.

What is an electric vehicle charge-point?

An electric vehicle charge-point looks similar to a petrol pump but instead delivers electricity to an EV. Although the technology is evolving quickly, it is currently not possible to refuel in as little time as at a petrol pump. For some users, charging an electric vehicle may require a shift in mindset away from “gorging” on fuel to “grazing” more frequently on electricity.

There are several charge point types available and each has the ability to charge vehicles at different speeds, measured in kilowatts (kW). These range from a 3 pin plug or 7kW home charge-point right up to what is called 'ultra-rapid' charging - generally available on the motorways and designed to provide up to 100 miles of range in 5-10 minutes.

(3 to 7kW)
(7 to 22kW)
(up to 50kW)
(100 to 350kW)
Charge time:4 to 8 hours2 to 4 hours25 to 40 mins5 to 20 mins
Vehicle range added in 15 mins:3 to 6 miles6 to 20 miles35 to 40 miles50 to 150 miles
EV compatibility:AllAll - some vehicles may charge slower than othersDependent on connector type - not all battery EVs and very few plugin Hybrid EVs are capable of accepting a rapid chargeAt the present time only high-end battery EVs such as the Porsche Taycan can charge at ultra-rapid speeds, but this is expected to filter down to lower cost vehicles in the future
Typical photo:

From Charging Electric Vehicles (Energy Saving Trust)

It is most likely that Fast (7-22kW) charge-points, using Type 2 connectors, will be most suitable for this project because they provide the most appropriate speed for communities looking to serve visitors and local residents. Type 2 connectors are industry standard and will connect to the greatest number of vehicles.

The majority of people charge their vehicles over night at home or during the day at destinations visited regularly such as a place of work, supermarkets or restaurants. This is typically done using a lower power charge point as this is usually the lowest cost and makes good use of time when the vehicle is not being utilised.

Charge-points will either be wall mounted, which is typically the lowest cost, or located on a pillar or post.

More information can be found at the Energy Saving Trust Charging Electric Vehicles.

What speed charge-points will be installed as part of this project?

Fast Charge-points (7-22kW) are most likely to be installed as part of this project. The exact speed of charge-points will be agreed on a case by case basis. The more information gathered from Parish and Town Councils about your residents and expected users of the charge-points, the easier it will become to select suitable charge-points. This information can initially be collected on the Registration Form form as described later in this document.

Only what is called Mode 3 charge-points will be funded under this scheme. Mode 3 means the charge-point will have a dedicated wall or pillar box with the electronics built in providing more safety than a 3 pin plug.

Isn't faster charging always best?

It is important to consider who will likely use the charge-points. For example, overnight resident parking will generally require 7kW charging as 4-8 hours is plenty of time to recharge most vehicles. In contrast, visitors and people passing through could benefit from faster day time charging facilities, with 22kW charging a more appropriate choice, if three-phase AC power supply is available.

The power supply available will largely determine what charge-point we can install but often it is better to install a number of slower charge-points at 7kW than one charge-point at 22kW as this will serve more users at the same time. However, if there is available power, and you wish to provide a range of charging speeds for different needs then this will be acceptable.

Top tip: If residents are likely to leave their car overnight, recharging more quickly in 2-4 hours (22kW) provides little value, as they are unlikely to move their car until the morning.

How many charge-points would be installed?

We want the available funding to provide as many charge-points as possible across the county. Therefore, we will favour locations where multiple charge-points can reasonably be installed, provided there is a local need. If match-funding is being used to provide even more charge-points, that will help your location being selected.

Most importantly we want well considered applications providing charge-points in locations that are likely to be used and provide a good resource for the public.

At which locations can we install charge-points?

The charge-points should be installed on land that is publicly available to use with express permission from the landowner. Parish or Town council owned land would most likely be suitable. We imagine that village hall car parks and community hubs will offer the best locations, but if you have an alternative in mind, feel free to submit it or speak to us before registering your interest. If you wish to apply for multiple locations within your parish, this may be acceptable subject to available funding. It would be beneficial to prioritise these on your registration form.

Ideally the car parks will be available to use 24/7. If this is not the case then please detail any planned closures when completing your registration form.

Please note: parking bays with charge-points should be reserved solely for the use of electric vehicles. This will result in a loss of parking spaces for other users who do not drive electric vehicles. As this project is designed to encourage people to switch to EVs by showing them that available charging facilities exist locally, we would look to the Parish or Town Council to enforce this going forward, even if EV use is slow at first.

Do we need planning permission to install an EV charge-point?

Usually planning permission is not required, however in some specific instances it may be. Please check the Planning Portal advice to determine if your location will require planning permission:

Planning Portal - Electric vehicle charging points

If applicable, this will add to the time required to install any charge-points. We would expect the applicant to apply for any Planning Permission. Please include this information on your Registration Form and contact the Transport Innovations Team in the first instance on the contact details provided at the bottom of this document

How much funding is available?

KCC will look at the whole project costs and allocate resources as efficiently as possible. However, it is likely that up to £4,000 per Parish or Town Council will be used for Capital costs of installing a charge-point/s.

How much does a charge-point cost?

Charge-point costs vary. The units themselves are relatively level in price at roughly:

  • £500 - £1000 for a single charge-point at 7kW
  • £800 - £2,000 for a double charge-point at 7kW
  • £2,000 - £3,000 for a single 22kW charge-point AC.

However, the installation costs and connection to power will vary with each location.

Message from KALC: before expressing an interest in the project, councils should ensure that they have the appropriate power(s) either to match-fund or to receive and spend a share of the profit and that they should contact the Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) for further advice by e-mailing adviser@kentalc.gov.uk or chief.executive@kentalc.gov.uk

Will it cost us anything?

No, the project could pay for the entire cost of the works to install one or more charge-points. However, locations that offer best value for money and/or can provide match funding, will be favoured. If you can provide match funding it could enable more charge-points to be installed in your location. This will better serve your local community and could provide a greater revenue share back to the Parish or Town Council as landowners. However, it is not essential for match funding to be provided.

Is there other funding available which we can apply for?

KCC will be applying for the On-Street Residential Charge-point Scheme (ORCS) administered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), where applicable.

This scheme may provide up to 75% of the capital costs of installing charge-points, if it can be demonstrated that there is a need for charge-points nearby, to cater for residents without access to off-street parking. More information can be found at the ORCS website: ORCS guidance for local authorities and Energy Saving Trust's website: On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme.

If successful, this will enable the project to provide more charge-points across more Parish and Town Councils in Kent. We may require some additional information from applicants and will be in touch as required.

Will we be paid?

Yes, we expect to be able to offer a 30% profit share (after the cost of electricity and maintenance has been accounted for) for assigning dedicated EV parking bays.

For example:

The charge-point generated £200 in electricity sales in one month.
There was £120 worth of costs incurred by the Parish or Town Council as land-owner on their electricity bill.
The annual maintenance and servicing cost is £300 per charge-point (£25 per month).
The remaining £30 revenue per month would be split 70/30 between KCC and the Parish or Town Council.

Why do we have to split the revenue with KCC?

The project is designed to grow over time. As charge-points come online and start being used this will generate revenue that can be used to fund the next charge-point. This is important as we will need to fund charge-points in areas where they may not be used very often but serve a local need. Additionally, if your charge-point needs to be upgraded or expanded in the future, the revenue will help to pay for this.

There is further risk too for KCC, if some charge-points get very low usage and can't financially cover themselves for repairs and maintenance then the 70% profit share to KCC will be used to pay for the maintenance anyway. We do not want local Parishes to be left with a financial liability or for their charge-point to be left in disrepair.

KCC will ringfence the revenue for maintenance and expansion of the public EV charge-point network and sustainable travel initiatives. The money will not be used for 'day-to-day' spending by KCC.

Message from KALC: before expressing an interest in the project, councils should ensure that they have the appropriate power(s) either to match-fund or to receive and spend a share of the profit and that they should contact the Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) for further advice by e-mailing adviser@kentalc.gov.uk or chief.executive@kentalc.gov.uk

Who is responsible for maintaining the charge-points and who will pay for this?

KCC will fund and retain ownership of the charge-points. Therefore, KCC will arrange for maintenance, servicing and deal with any issues that may arise. If the units are vandalised or accidentally damaged then KCC will arrange for the repair. All repairs will be contracted out to the supplier who installed the unit. A maintenance and repair fee will be taken from the revenue generated by selling electricity before profit share is split out. A phone number and email address will be provided to report any damage or issues with the charge-points.

What will happen to our existing electricity bills?

The party responsible for paying the electricity bill to the utility provider will continue to do so but power consumption will inevitably rise - leading to higher bills. That is why it is important for the end user to be charged for their electricity usage per kWh. In order for revenue share calculations to be processed, we may need to see evidence of electricty use.

If the applicant is not responsible for paying the utility provider, a written agreement needs to be in place between all relevant parties before registering your interest in the project. Evidence of this may be required.

Who pays to charge the vehicles and how much will they pay?

The end user will pay for the electricity they use with an additional cost on top, to cover maintenance and operational costs.

We would not expect any charge-points to cost more than 25p per kWh to all users at the current time, rising (or lowering) in line with inflation and government policy changes as appropriate. The price of the electricity will be set nearer the time to installation. All the Parish charge-points will charge the same amount.

How will the end user pay for their charge?

The charge-point will have a publicly available payment mechanism such as mobile app, RFID card or even contactless payment which are all commonly used.

Can I give a discount to local residents?

No, we would expect the price of electricity to be the same for all end-users, even if they are not from within the local community. The reason for this is the project is designed to help create a Kent network of charge-points. It should be noted that local residents and visitors are most likely to use the charge-points, particularly overnight.

However, if the applicant wished to use their revenue share to fund more charge-points for local residents and businesses in the future, they may do so at their own discretion provided the charge-points funded by this project remain publicly available and well maintained.

Do I need signs and line marking for each bay?

It is often a good idea to install lining and signage on the ground to show the space is for electric vehicles only but we shall discuss this on a case by case basis. This will be provided within the funding allocated to each location.

Should the charge-point cable be tethered?

Charge-points are either installed with a cable tethered to the charge-point or without, whereby the end user uses their own charging cable. When procuring the supplier, KCC will negotiate a price for each option if possible.

Most EV drivers will carry their own cable with them in the boot of their vehicle. Although sometimes more convenient for drivers to use a tethered cable, it places greater maintenance risk on the charge-point owner as the cables can get damaged if not tidied away properly or driven over. It will also be lower cost to provide an untethered charge-point. Therefore, it is likely that untethered units will be installed, unless the applicant has a specific need and will be discussed on a case by case basis.

Example of a tethered or un-tethered charge-point.

Who will install the charge-points?

The supplier has not yet been determined. Kent Commercial Services operate a procurement framework and the approved supplier will be selected from that framework. KCC will ensure best value for money ensuring all requirements are met.

What is the process for applying?

Step 1: Decide where you would ideally like to install your charge-point/s and gain agreement from all required stakeholders. If you need to hold Parish meetings or need to get the landowners permission you should do this at the first stage. Please contact KALC (adviser@kentalc.gov.uk or chief.executive@kentalc.gov.uk) and they will advise whether you have the appropriate powers to spend the profit share or provide match funding. If not, please speak with KCC’s Transport Innovations Team and we will look to work around this if at all possible.

At this stage, if you are interested in taking part in the project, please complete the Registration and Expression of Interest form found on this website by 18th September 2020. This will help us determine if there is sufficient interest in the project from the Parishes identified.

Step 2: If you wish to continue to a full application, please complete the grant application in your account on the Jambusters website, by 16th October 2020, providing all the required information.

Step 3: We will assess all the applications at the close of the application window and decide how best to allocate the funds. We may arrange for the supplier to carry out a site visit to give an accurate quotation, and confirm whether an installation is possible. This may require some assistance from someone at the property to allow sufficient access. We will keep you informed of progress.

Step 4: We will inform those applicants whose locations are to be progressed and agree the final installation. Subsequently we shall inform those whose sites will be placed on the reserve list.

Step 5: Contracts and legal agreements are signed. In some instances installations may begin in this period.

Step 6: Charge-points are installed in the majority of cases, tested and completion certificates issued.

What is the timetable for applying and installing the charge-points?

Up to September 18th, 2020Step 1
Up to October 16th, 2020Step 2
October 19th - December 18th, 2020Steps 3, 4 & 5
January 4th 2021 - March 25th 2021Step 6

How can I apply?

You can complete the Registration Form up to October 16th 2020 at (Parish EV Charge-points).

How will you score my application?

If there is limited demand for this scheme then KCC officers may be able to directly award the available funds to the applicants. However, if demand exceeds the available funding then KCC officers shall score each application out of 45 using the following criteria. This is to enable an impartial selection process and ensure the funding is allocated in the most effective way.

Marking Criteria

For an application to be considered they:

  • Must have landowner's permission
  • Must be publicly available at all times (where this is not possible, please explain on the registration form)

If these requirements are met, the following scoring criteria will apply where demand exceeds the available funding:

CriteriaLow points scoreGood points scoreHigh points score

Charge-point bays

Scores will be given for the number of parking bays that the applicant is willing to allocate for charge-points:

1 parking bay:

4 points

2 parking bays:

6 points

3+ parking bays:

10 points

Information provided about end users

Higher scores will be given to those that can demonstrate the expected users of the car park where charge-points are to be located.

This will help us plan the types of charge-points that may be suitable.

If the applicant demonstrates a limited understanding of the likely end users:

2 points

If the applicant demonstrates a good understanding of the likely end users:

6 points

If the applicant demonstrates an excellent understanding of the likely end users:

10 points

Evidence of demand for EV charge-points

Higher scores will be given to applicants who provide evidence that there is a demand locally for EV charge-points. This will help us apply for ORCS funding.

Two sets of evidence are ideally required:

1: A map or plan showing a radius of 0.5 miles (10 minute walk on average) from the charge-point location. All houses without off street parking should be highlighted.

If the applicant can provide this evidence:

10 points

2: A resident survey showing requests for EV charge-points nearby. This could be carried out digitally / petition / or any means you deem suitable.

If the applicant can provide this evidence:

10 points

Potential for solar

Locations that provide the opportunity to incorporate solar canopies or link to existing solar installations will score higher:

Plans in development to install new solar installation on building:

3 points

Existing solar in place on building:

5 points

In the event of two applicants receiving identical scores, applicants who are able to provide match funding will be favoured.

Total available points = 45.

Will we need to sign any terms and conditions or a legal agreement?

Yes, we have some general terms and conditions to be part of this project at Guidance - Funding - Terms and Conditions.

We also will require all successful applicants to sign a legal agreement. This will be written by KCC, with the wording agreed by KALC before being agreed and signed by each parish, and will protect both parties for the charge-point to be located on the Parish or Town Council land.

Who can I speak to if I have any questions:

The funding is administered by the Transport Innovations Team within Highways, Transportation & Waste.

We highly recommend emailing us as the best method of contact due to the large numbers of enquiries we receive:

email: electricvehicles@kent.gov.uk

We will then happily email or call you to discuss your application at a time to suit both parties.

If you do need to call us then we suggest asking for the Transport Innovations Team on:

tel: 0300 041 8181

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