Electric Vehicle Chargepoint Strategy & Plan 2023-2030

“More and more people in North Lincolnshire are choosing sustainable modes of transport to do their bit in protecting the environment for future generations. The council is committed to supporting local people make cleaner, greener choices of transport and this involves supporting the roll out of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure.”

“We are working closely with the Government and businesses to ensure that everyone in North Lincolnshire has simple access to charge their electric vehicles. Charging should not be a barrier to entry and by committing to this plan we will work hard to break down barriers for North Lincolnshire residents and businesses.”

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council


  • The UK Government have committed in legislation that by 2050 the UK will be net zero in its carbon emissions. North Lincolnshire have gone one step further and aim to be carbon net-zero by 2030. To achieve this target requires significant behaviour changes from residents and businesses as well as investment across several key sectors; transport, industry, energy and agriculture.
  • Transport is the largest emitting sector of CO2 producing 24% of the UK’s total emissions in 2020. All modes of transport must switch to low/zero carbon alternatives to meet the 2050 target. This plan focuses on electric vehicles (EVs) and the need for charging infrastructure. Below are 3 key dates in this transition;
    • By 2035, the sale of new petrol, diesel cars and vans will be banned. This now includes hybrid and plug-in hybrids.
    • By 2040, all new heavy goods vehicles have to be zero-emission at the tailpipe.
  • Switching to EVs now presents the greatest opportunity to significantly reduce road transport emissions.
  • The strategy outlines the Council vision and core objectives to ensure that access to charging is not a barrier to entry. The high level delivery plan outlines how and when the Council anticipate to achieve and deliver the strategy.
  • The strategy and plan will be reviewed annually whilst we still learn to adapt electric vehicles.

Timeline from 2024 - 2030


Our strategy has 5 core objectives;

Objective one – Accelerate the rollout of public charging infrastructure

  • To increase overall provision of charging across North Lincolnshire, ensuring everyone can find and access public chargepoints wherever they live.

Objective two – Ensure public charging is fairly priced and inclusive

  • Charging will not be limited by income or location. It will be accessible and open to all with transparent sharing of data on pricing and availability.
Electric car charging station

Objective three – Maintain high levels of reliable public chargepoints

  • Charging should be effortless, convenient and stress-free. North Lincolnshire will aspire to have high-levels of reliability to build user confidence in charging infrastructure.

Objective four – Stimulate private investment to supply deployment

  • Engage with the market and attract investment in challenging areas, encouraging suppliers to cross-subsidise deployment with a mixed approach of high/low utilisation sites.

Objective five – Adapt to changing technologies and future proof charging infrastructure

  • Remain adaptable in approach and use of different charging technologies. Innovation is happening at a startling pace with speed, smartness, and delivery methods continuously changing

North Lincolnshire Council aim to deliver between 87 and 118 public or destination charging points per year until 2030*. This will be delivered through use of public grant funds and matched private investment.

Data and intelligence

Growth in UK chart
  • Since 2017 there has been an 866% increase in plug-in ULEVs in the UK.
  • There are now a total of 910,730 plug-in ULEVs licensed in the UK.
  • The amount of plug-in ULEVs in the UK is increasing by 14.4% each quarter.
  • Plug in ULEVS now account for approx. 21% of the annual new car registrations.
Growth in North Lincs chart
  • In North Lincolnshire, since 2017 there has been a 839% increase in plug-in ULEVs.
  • There are now a total of 1,033 plug-in ULEVs licensed in North Lincolnshire.
  • The amount of plug-in ULEVs in North Lincolnshire is increasing by 19.3% each quarter.
Percent of new car registrations
  • Plug-in ULEVs now occupy 21.4% of all new car registrations.
  • Battery EVs occupy 15.1%
  • Plug-in hybrid EVs occupy 6.3%

£5bn has been invested in EV technology and infrastructure. Combining battery developments, the increasing uptake, and multitude of policies, electric is now the UKs future for decarbonising vehicle journeys.

However, electric alone will not achieve net-zero and action must be taken to switch other modes of transport to low/zero carbon sources i.e. rail, aviation.

Two scenarios have been developed by the Transport for the North (TfN) on uptake of EVs in NL;

Just About Managing

  • A future where people do not alter their behaviours much from today, or give up certain luxuries, although a gradual trend towards EV adoption.

28,610 EVs by 2030

Urban Zero Carbon

  • A significant shift in public attitudes towards action on climate change backed by policy.

40,210 EVs by 2030

Forecasted EV growth in North Lincolnshire

Just About Managing

Type of chargepoint 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Destination 87 270 320 340 310 280
Home 5,500 22,000 42,000 57,000 65,000 69,000
Public 140 490 770 880 820 780
Workplace 65 220 320 340 290 260
Total 5792 22,980 43,410 58,560 66,420 70,320


Urban Zero Carbon

Type of chargepoint 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Destination 150 270 340 330 310 310
Home 11,000 30,000 48,000 60,000 66,000 69,000
Public 250 530 730 760 760 770
Workplace 110 210 290 290 280 280
Total 11,510 31,010 49,360 61,380 67,350 70,360


Currently, there are 48 public chargepoints inc. rapids in North Lincolnshire (BEIS, October 22). To accommodate circa 40,210 EVs in North Lincolnshire by 2030 requires significant investment in charging infrastructure.

Just About Managing

Requires 22,980 charging points by 2030 (inc. home charging)

Urban Zero Carbon

Requires 31,010 charging points by 2030 (inc. home charging)

The Council will focus on two types of chargepoints; destination and public whilst ensuring those without off-street parking also have access to home charging infrastructure.


Just About Managing = 660 destination and public chargepoints.
To install 87 chargepoints per year

Urban Zero Carbon = 880 destination and public chargepoints.
To install 119 chargepoints per year

The Council will aim to deliver between 87 – 118 public or destination chargepoints per year up to 2030.

UK CO2 Emissions

UK Co2 emissions pie chart

Source; BEIS (2022)

  • Transport is the largest emitting sector of GHG emissions producing 24% of the UK’s total emissions in 2020
  • Total transport emissions for North Lincolnshire is 419.9 ktCO2e and road transport accounts for 400.9 ktCO2e


  • Poor air quality caused by excessive air pollution is predicted to cost the health and social care services in England £5.3bn by 2035. Cleaner air will save lives and improve health.
  • An estimated 31,000 deaths p/yr caused by human-made air pollution.
  • Zero emission vehicles will eliminate the majority of toxic-by products caused by the burning of hydrocarbon fuels in vehicles.
  • An estimated 40% drop in noise pollution.

Vehicles in traffic queue on a motorway

North Lincolnshire CO2 Emissions

Carbon emissions contribution by sector (2020)

Industry – 86.7%, Transport – 6.3%, Domestic – 3.9%, Land use and forestry – 1.9%, Commercial – 0.6%, Public sector – 0.2%, Agriculture – 0.4%

North Lincolnshire has the second highest total emissions out of 374 local authorities (2020).The area’s high level of emissions from industry helps explain this position -87% of North Lincolnshire’s total emissions came from industry in 2020, compared to an average of 23% across the country.

Per capita carbon emissions by sector (2020)

Rank out of 374 authorities (lower number = more emissions)
Industry 2/374
Transport 61/374
Domestic 123/374
Land use and forestry 21/374
Commercial 250/374
Public sector 347/374
Agriculture 116/374



Change in transport emissions(2011 to 2020)

  • Since 2011 there has been a 4% reduction in the amount of CO2e by transport in North Lincolnshire. The UK average is an 18% reduction
  • Prior to the pandemic, transport CO2 emissions in North Lincolnshire had increased by 11% between 2011 and 2019, while the average increase seen nationally was less than 1%.

Transport emissions by location

Change between 2011 and 2020
A roads -19% (156kt CO2e to 127kt CO2e)
Motorways +4% (135kt CO2e to 141kt CO2e)
Minor roads +7 (118kt CO2e to 126kt CO2e)
Diesel railways -18% (12kt CO2e to 10kt CO2e)
Other transport +18% (7kt CO2e to 9kt CO2e)
  • 1.22 billion miles were driven on local roads in 2019, up 21% since 2011.
  • 62% of residents travel by car or van to work, the national average is 45%.


  • Taking charge: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy (2022) 300,000 public chargepoints in the UK by 2030
  • The Ten-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution
  • Aim 4 –Accelerating the shift to zero emission vehicles.


  • Greater Lincolnshire Local Industrial Strategy
    • Becoming a world leader in the way people, goods and services move.
  • Greater Lincolnshire ULEV Strategy
    • Deliver the right EVCP solutions for the right location.
  • Humber 2030 Vision


  • A Green Future
    • NLC aim to be carbon net zero by 2030.
  • NL Council Plan 2022 -2025
  • NL Local Plan
    • 1 EVCP per dwelling & 5% of all parking provision on commercial developments.
  • NL Economic Growth Plan

At a regional level, Greater Lincolnshire have developed a ULEV strategy which examines the support required to decarbonise all modes of transport regionally including freight and agriculture. It is at a higher strategic level and assesses different use cases and alternative fuels such as hydrogen and biogas. For more information, see ULEV strategy.

  • A Green Future is the One Council approach outlining the actions that we will take as an organisation to be a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030. It is centred around four themes and eight aims with the common goal of leaving the environment in a better state than we find it.
  • The EV Chargepoint Strategy & Plan directly supports both;
    • Aim 1 –We will end the council’s contribution to global warming (one activity will be by transitioning to a green fleet)
    • Aim 4 –Net zero living will be easy and accessible.
Solar panels

Charging options

Home charging (3.6-5kw)

  • Around 80% of EV charging happens at home. Usually overnight to take advantage of specialist electricity tariffs.
  • •Two options at home; trickle charge through use of a three-pin 220V plug, or an AC wall box 3.6-5kw which can provide power at 3-4 times faster than a trickle charge.Trickle charging via a three-pin plug is not a recommended permanent solution.
  • •Although not everyone is able to install an AC wall box at home due to a lack of off-street parking. Therefore EV owners without off-street parking are reliant on public charging.
  • •Innovative solutions such as cable gulley’s and bollards are being explored to remove this barrier for residents without off-street parking. NLC do not permit trailing cables across public footpaths and verges for safety reasons.

Workplace charging (7kw +)

  • For many, the majority of daytime dwell time will occur at their place of work, for many this is now at home due to remote working.
  • The main option to accommodate those charging needs is via a slow AC wall box (<7kw) using the current point of connection. It is ultimately at the discretion of the business as to how they wish to operate the chargepoints either for free or require payment.
  • OZEV currently offer a voucher based scheme to support with the upfront costs of installation. (up to £350 per socket and 40 sockets).
  • Each workplace need is different and for some they will be reliant on using public parking facilities and therefore will be reliant on public charging infrastructure.

Electric car plugged in outside house on street

Public charging (7kw +)

  • There are multiple public charging options, broken down into the following;

 1. On-street charging (7kw)

  • Facilitating those without home-charging facilities. Suitably located EVCPs at end of streets, communal residential car parks. (<5 mins from home2.

2. Destination charging (7kw –50kw)

  • Most vehicles spend 95% of the time parked. Identifying those areas of high dwell time and providing the most suitable EVCP.
  • This combines charging into other activities.
  • Idea of ‘grazing’ charging, with multiple frequent 20-30% top-ups.3. On-route/transit charging (50kw+)

3. Desirable faster speeds for those on longer journeys passing the region.

  • Strategically located sustainable charging hubs which complement other modes of public charging.
  • Fuel station forecourts, service stations etc.
  • Est. charging stay 30mins -1-hour.

Future Solutions

  • Wireless ‘inductive charging’ in taxi-hubs.
  • Vehicle to Grid (V2G) solutions, using batteries bi-directionally.
  • Hidden below ground chargepoints.

Rapid charger in a public place

Barriers, risks and opportunities

Switching isn’t easy and people tend to stick to what they know.

There are several barriers to adoption however with electric vehicles and charging being a new technology there are also many misconceptions. The main barriers are;

  1. Lack of public charging points
  • Insufficient charging points to meet needs.

2. Reliability of charging infrastructure

  • Chargers being slow, inaccessible, confusing and costly.

3. Affordability of EVs

  • The purchase price being higher than a petrol or diesel car. Second hand market in its infancy stages.

4. General reluctance

  • Consumer confidence. Misconceptions and understanding due to it being a new technology.

The EV Chargepoint Delivery Plan will regularly engage with residents and businesses, listening to EV users, barriers and issues and act on feedback to encourage consumer confidence in North Lincolnshire.

Without a co-ordinated plan there are many risks to the rollout of EV charging infrastructure that could be detrimental to the transition to zero-emission transport.

Common questions

  • How long does it take to charge?
  • Do EVs break down more?
  • Do they cost a lot to fix?
  • Is it any cheaper than petrol or diesel?
  •  How far will my battery go?
  • What if I run out of charge?




  1. Installing chargepoints where there is no demand. (i.e. saturating the market with off-street chargepoints)
  2. Spending public funds on locations that the market will serve anyway.
  3. Installing the wrong type of technology in the wrong location, not meeting the need.
  4. Charging inequity and increasing the disparity between charging infrastructure.
  5. Safety concerns and encouraging bad charging practices causing trip hazards etc.
  6. Inconsistent charging infrastructure with high prices preventing uptake.
  7. Risk of installing chargepoints that are not accessible and compliant with PAS 1889 standards.


  1. Enabling the switch to zero-emission vehicles will play a major role in our net zero goal.
  2. Significantly improve the country and regions air quality and ultimately people’s health.
  3. Operational cost savings to residents and businesses switching to the cheaper mode of transport.
  4. Support new jobs and growth opportunities in management and maintenance of new infrastructure.
  5. Commercial opportunity of a new revenue stream.
  6. Support and play a role in alleviating pressures in local energy infrastructure (bi directional flow of electricity).

Delivery Plan

The below is a high-level delivery plan outlining some of the activities under each objective.

No Activity 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Structure In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress
a. Decide delivery arrangements In progress
b. Form the delivery team with dedicated officer resource In progress
Obj 1 Accelerate the rollout of public charging infrastructure
a.  Installation AC charging points at high use council destinations
  • public car parks
In progress In progress
  • leisure centres and community hubs
In progress In progress
  • parks and green spaces
In progress In progress
b. Installation of AC charging points in residential areas
  • Areas with no off-street parking
In progress In progress In progress
  • Work with private/social housing landlords to increase provision
In progress In progress In progress
No Activity 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Obj 2 Ensure public charging infrastructure
a. Maintain control of charging tariffs
  • Set a fair, competitive price for council-owned charge points
In progress
  • Contractually set tariff parameters on any private owned charge points on council owned land
In progress
b. Incentivise delivery of charging points region-wide ensuring it is inclusive to all
  • Target hard to reach areas with limited provision
In progress In progress
No Activity 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Obj 3 Maintain a high level of public charge points
a. Collating feedback on reliability
  • Develop robust, user friendly feedback mechanisms
In progress
  • Introduce voluntary EV ambassadors to monitor
In progress
b. Robust contract management
  • Embed financial incentives and penalties into EV charge point contracts
In progress
  • Closely monitor performance of all council-owned charge points installed
In progress
No Activity 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Obj 4 Stimulate private investment to support deployment
a. Engage with the private sector to secure funding
  • Installation of DC super chargers
In progress In progress In progress
  • Rapid charging forecourts
In progress In progress In progress
  • Taxi hubs
In progress In progress In progress
No Activity 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Obj 5 Adapt to changing technologies and future proof charging infrastructure
a. Participate in trialling new charging technologies ie, wireless inductive charging TBD
b. Passive charging infrastructure
  • Installing appropriate cabling and including necessary capacity in new developments
In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress
c. Software/hardware upgrades in first installed charge points TBD


  • At an average cost of £7,500 per chargepoint this plan requires between £652k – £885k p/a to achieve the target of between 87 – 118 points.
  • A total cost over the 7 years of the plan of between £4.5m – £6.2m
  • Allocated LEVI funding will be used for resource and leveraging in the necessary private funding to support in meeting this target.
  • A decision will taken by the Council on the preferred delivery model i.e. own and operate, concessionary based.


  • Detailed site surveys will be undertaken prior to any charging point being installed. Detailed examinations will ensure the right speed of chargepoint is selected and delivered in the right location.
  • Regular community engagement will be undertaken to seek views from users of the network and the business community.
  • All chargepoints will be in line with BSI standards – PAS 1899 ensuring they are accessibly available.

The EV Chargepoint Delivery Project Team will ensure the five objectives of the EV Chargepoint Delivery Plan are met. The data from the chargepoints installed will be regularly analysed to ensure the correct number of chargepoints are installed in line with demand.

A Green Future – project workstream:

  • Compliancy with CPRs
  • Conduct local engagement
  • resource appropriately skilled project teams
  • Set performance indicators and KPIs and regularly review
  • Update the plan accordingly to reflect any changes in national policy.

Next steps

  • Spring 2023 – Form the NLC delivery team with dedicated resource
  • Spring 2023 – Share the EV Chargepoint Delivery Plan 2023-30
  • Summer 2023 – Engage with residents and establish a working group
  • Summer/Autumn 2023 – Procurement of a delivery partner
  • Autumn 2023 – Commence delivery of public and destination charging points

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