SWARCO Smart Charging, one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, has signed a significant new partnership agreement with Cornwall Council to supply, install, maintain, and operate electric vehicle charging points throughout the county over the next four years. These will be a mix of 7kW AC, 22kW AC and 50kW DC chargers. This will include the delivery of European Regional Development Funded charge points in 2022-23, as part of the Drive EV2 project.
The partnership’s primary objective will be the development of Cornwall’s strategic network of EV charge points. Both organisations are committed to ensuring that residents within the county, and visitors, will be able to confidently find, and use a charger, to support their travel needs. As part of this combined commitment, SWARCO Smart Charging has committed to long-term investment in the region for funding rapid and ultra-rapid charging hubs, to complement the Council’s electrification efforts.
With petrol and diesel vehicles accounting for almost 15% of emissions, Cornwall Council is supporting the development of a network of EV chargers. This is part of its commitment to decarbonise transport and become carbon neutral by 2030. Residents and visitors will be able to utilise readily available charging facilities, helping to make electric vehicles a viable alternative.
SWARCO Smart charging has been a key partner to many successful local authority projects over the last 12 years and Managing Director Justin Meyer, knows that success comes from establishing a long-term partnership: “This collaboration brings together a motivation to make EV charging a reality for the people of Cornwall. With the growing demand for sustainability, and the fast rise in popularity of EVs across the country, SWARCO’s ambition to bring quick charging to Cornwall, is a duty that will assure ease of access, solutions, and reliability. We are committed to moving towards a future that helps Cornwall Council support the transition for the UK to become a low-carbon economy.”
The Drive EV2 project has received £3,625,00 from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.