Installing new vehicle charging points

As the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads increases, we're continuing to grow Brighton & Hove’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure to help meet the demand.

This includes installing new charge points for residents, visitors, and businesses.

Installing more charging points across the city a helps us work towards our goal of making the city carbon-neutral by 2030.

Over 350 charge points have been installed in the city to date. These include:

  • lamp post columns that can provide a steady charge overnight,
  • 'fast and rapids' for a quick top-up or a superfast charge when you’re short on time

Independent research by Field Dynamics and Zap-Map shows that 77% of Brighton and Hove residents with no off-street parking, now live within a 5-minute walk of a public chargepoint, one of the best rates in the country. 

We’re committed to expanding our network further to meet the increasing need for easy to access charge points.

The council has agreed to keep as much of the free-standing chargepoint infrastructure as possible off the footway, by placing them on build outs in the carriageway. This keeps the footways clear and accessible for pedestrians and wheelchair users.

The points and their positioning follow the latest accessibility standards, including PAS 1899.

Future plans for new electric vehicle charging points

On-street residential chargepoint scheme

In 2023 we were successful with our application for On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) funding from central government (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles or OZEV). 

Installation of 100 lamp column charge points and 20 fast charge points will begin early 2024.

Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) funding

We have also applied for the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) funding, which supports local authorities in England to plan and deliver charging infrastructure for residents without off-street parking.  We are currently waiting on confirmation of our successful application and this would allow the council to install a minimum of 1200 lamp column or standard charge points, 350 fast charge points and 100 rapid (including some ultra-rapid) charge points across the city, over the next 3 years (Phase 2).

Locations will be selected based on demand, where you tell us you would like a charge point, as well as ensuring that points are equally distributed across the city to increase access for all residents.