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Electric vehicle charging points

We’re keen to encourage greater use of electric vehicles and the introduction of charging points to support them. This will give residents and businesses confidence to invest in electric vehicles when they replace their cars.

The Energy Saving Trust can tell you more about electric vehicles and charging them. The government’s plug-in grant allows vehicle dealerships to apply a discount of up to £1,500 to the price of eligible new low-emission vehicles.

Charge your electric vehicle in Cambridge

Electric car recharging points are available in two of our car parks.

Charging points are also available at the four of the Park & Ride sites around the city. Babraham Road, Madingley Road, Milton, and Trumpington have four 7kW charging points each.

Some businesses and hotels have electric vehicle charging points.

Zap-Map has an interactive map of charging points across the UK. It includes the types of point available at each location.

Plans for new charging points

We plan to install more charging points in our car parks, and we’re working with the county council to install charging points in on-street residential parking spaces.

Our planning policy [PDF, 4.5MB] requires the installation of charging points in new developments with parking provision.

Our Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Strategy [PDF, 1.5MB] outlines our proposed plans for providing charging points.

Charging points on residential parking spaces

The government provides funding to help some homeowners and tenants install charging points on their property. The charge point must be installed by a registered installer.

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles provides information about funding for installing charging points.

If you rent your property you should discuss this with the property owner.

If you live in a flat or apartment, you will need to discuss it with the freeholder. The parking spaces will need to be close to a power source. You’ll need to consider how the parking space with a charging point will be managed if it is not reserved for your flat.

We will install charging points at our community centres in the next few years. And we’re looking into where we can install them at our housing properties.

Charging points for on-street parking spaces

Roads, pavements and street lights are the county council’s responsibility. We’re working on plans with them to install on-street charging. We’ll apply for government grant funding for any suitable projects.

Cambridgeshire County Council do not recommend trailing cables across the pavement, because even with a mat protector they can be a trip hazard. You would be liable for any criminal or civil proceedings if your cable caused an accident.

Read the county council’s electric vehicle charging points page for information about plans for on-street charging points.

Charging points at your workplace

It’s up to the owner of your workplace car park to install charging points.

The government provides funding to help eligible businesses install charging points at their premises.

Charging points for licensed taxis

We have installed 15 charging points for use by licensed taxis only, and plan to install more. We expect to have a total of 20 charge points at 13 sites by the end of 2022.

The charging points are at Adam and Eve Street car park, the car parks at Arbury Court and Castle Hill, and on Newmarket Road and Wulfstan Way. Good Energy supplies the power for these charging points, using renewable energy sources.

We used grant funding from the government’s Ultra-Low Emission Taxi Infrastructure Scheme to install the charging points. The scheme was set up to encourage the uptake of ultra-low emission taxis by the UK taxi trade.

Our taxi-licensing policy states that every taxi we license will be zero or ultra-low emission by 2028. Incentives are available to support this. Our taxi-licensing handbook includes more information.

We do not currently have any plans to allow vehicles other than licensed taxis to use the charging points. But as we install more charging points, we will review our charging point provision and might make them available for public use in the future.