Helping Cardiff Council develop an Electric Vehicle Strategy

Cardiff, United Kingdom - The UK Government has banned the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. With transport contributing to 20% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions and 7 million people dying from air pollution every year, people and organisations need to start transitioning to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV). Cardiff is no exception, yet with significantly fewer charge points compared to other core cities, Arcadis was appointed to work with the council to develop an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network across the whole city, ensuring that the EV agenda sits alongside a much wider sustainable transport strategy.

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Cardiff is an ambitious city with huge growth plans. Up to 40,000 new jobs and homes are forecast by 2026, but with these projections come a number of challenges, including pressure on the transport network and subsequent poor air quality from vehicle emissions. Cardiff Council is targeting 50% of all journeys to be made by sustainable modes of travel by 2026, but if more people are to make the switch to ULEVs there needs to be a better, more comprehensive charging infrastructure in place.

In Wales, the Welsh Government leads transport policy direction, but there is no dedicated funding for local authorities and no policy for new developments to provide EV charge points. Offering attractive and realistic charging opportunities for private car users had to be a priority for Cardiff Council. However, in order to realise its ambitions around improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions and delivering wider societal and economic benefits, the council needed to focus on delivering a much wider sustainable transport strategy that supported EV as one of a number of mobility related, carbon reduction solutions.      

Collaboration

The council initially received support from the Welsh Government’s Smart Living Initiative to scope out this wider strategy for low emission transport. It identified the need to focus on kick-starting EV infrastructure installations in the city, especially in residential areas with no off-street parking.

However, the rollout of Electric Vehicles is a large, wholescale change that can only be achieved through collaboration with key partners. It will require commitment from bus operators, for example, and the council is actively considering a number of measures to help incentivize the uptake of EV taxis.    

In order to support Cardiff Council in developing a sustainable transport strategy in which EV plays a key role, Arcadis worked with the team to provide a step-by-step guide for transition and strategy development. Its purpose is to be used by internal council departments to provide a decision-making framework, offering a blueprint that can help any city review its future mobility strategy.

 

Key Elements of the 6-Step Guide

 

  • Using the City’s vision as a starting point, define detailed objectives.
  • Review the current market.
  • Develop an appropriate stakeholder engagement strategy. Who needs to be part of the decision-making process?
  • Establish business and operating models that will work long-term.
  • Enable rollout. Is the plan seamless, does it meet required standards, and does it provide the best user experience?
  • Manage & maintain. Reliability is key to user confidence.

 

Combining consultancy advice with innovative infrastructure, data and technology to help reduce air pollution, carbon dioxide and congestion is core to the approach.

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sustainable transport energy

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