Electric Vehicle Charging for West Yorkshire

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We are working with the five councils of West Yorkshire to create an accessible and reliable electric vehicle (EV) charging network for people in the region. As part of this we are working together on the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) programme.

LEVI is a grant funded by the government which helps local authorities to install electric vehicle chargepoints. We want to use LEVI funding to install EV chargepoints that help people who don’t have off-street parking at home and need to charge their EV. We hope this will make electric vehicles an option for more people and will prepare us for more people to switch to an EV.


Why are we doing this?

We want to make sure that West Yorkshire is ready for more people to be able to switch to using electric vehicles. We want to install the right chargers in the right places so that more people will be able to charge their EV close to home. Installing more chargepoints in West Yorkshire will mean that we are prepared for more people to switch to an EV. Switching to electric vehicles can help us to reduce emissions that cause climate change and damage our environment. Our goal is for West Yorkshire to have a network of electric vehicle chargepoints which are reliable, safe, and easy to use.


What are we proposing?

We want to use the LEVI funding to:

  • Build a network of easy to use, reliable, safe and well-maintained EV chargepoints in West Yorkshire
  • Make sure that EV chargepoints are accessible for more people by installing the right chargers in the right places
  • Help our region to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by making it possible for more people to switch to an EV

We want new EV chargepoints to mean that switching to an electric vehicle is an option for more people. Through the LEVI programme, we will install lower powered EV chargepoints close to the homes of people who do not have private off-street parking. This means that people who don’t have their own off-street parking will be able to charge their electric vehicle on the street or in a car park close to their home, rather than driving away from home to charge their EV.

Click here to find out more about electric vehicles and the LEVI programme in our frequently asked questions.

Click here to read our glossary of EV terms we have used.


Have your say  

We are launching an engagement on EV charging in West Yorkshire in July 2024, where you will be able to find out more about the programme, attend an event, and fill out a survey. We will add details to this page later in 2024. To be kept updated please subscribe for updates by clicking ‘subscribe’ on this Your Voice project page.


Contact us

Ask the project team a question using the Q&A tool
Email us at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
Phone MetroLine on 0113 245 7676  
Write to Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM WYCA (no stamp needed)

We are working with the five councils of West Yorkshire to create an accessible and reliable electric vehicle (EV) charging network for people in the region. As part of this we are working together on the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) programme.

LEVI is a grant funded by the government which helps local authorities to install electric vehicle chargepoints. We want to use LEVI funding to install EV chargepoints that help people who don’t have off-street parking at home and need to charge their EV. We hope this will make electric vehicles an option for more people and will prepare us for more people to switch to an EV.


Why are we doing this?

We want to make sure that West Yorkshire is ready for more people to be able to switch to using electric vehicles. We want to install the right chargers in the right places so that more people will be able to charge their EV close to home. Installing more chargepoints in West Yorkshire will mean that we are prepared for more people to switch to an EV. Switching to electric vehicles can help us to reduce emissions that cause climate change and damage our environment. Our goal is for West Yorkshire to have a network of electric vehicle chargepoints which are reliable, safe, and easy to use.


What are we proposing?

We want to use the LEVI funding to:

  • Build a network of easy to use, reliable, safe and well-maintained EV chargepoints in West Yorkshire
  • Make sure that EV chargepoints are accessible for more people by installing the right chargers in the right places
  • Help our region to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by making it possible for more people to switch to an EV

We want new EV chargepoints to mean that switching to an electric vehicle is an option for more people. Through the LEVI programme, we will install lower powered EV chargepoints close to the homes of people who do not have private off-street parking. This means that people who don’t have their own off-street parking will be able to charge their electric vehicle on the street or in a car park close to their home, rather than driving away from home to charge their EV.

Click here to find out more about electric vehicles and the LEVI programme in our frequently asked questions.

Click here to read our glossary of EV terms we have used.


Have your say  

We are launching an engagement on EV charging in West Yorkshire in July 2024, where you will be able to find out more about the programme, attend an event, and fill out a survey. We will add details to this page later in 2024. To be kept updated please subscribe for updates by clicking ‘subscribe’ on this Your Voice project page.


Contact us

Ask the project team a question using the Q&A tool
Email us at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
Phone MetroLine on 0113 245 7676  
Write to Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM WYCA (no stamp needed)

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  • Share Hi there! Why does Calderdale Council only allow 1 hour charging in their car parks when my PHEV needs at least three hours? on Facebook Share Hi there! Why does Calderdale Council only allow 1 hour charging in their car parks when my PHEV needs at least three hours? on Twitter Share Hi there! Why does Calderdale Council only allow 1 hour charging in their car parks when my PHEV needs at least three hours? on Linkedin Email Hi there! Why does Calderdale Council only allow 1 hour charging in their car parks when my PHEV needs at least three hours? link

    Hi there! Why does Calderdale Council only allow 1 hour charging in their car parks when my PHEV needs at least three hours?

    Cz asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your idea for LEVI with us, your feedback is very valuable in helping us inform our programme.

    We have raised your query with officers at Calderdale Council. The Government introduced the ULEV (Ultra-low Emission Vehicle) Taxi Infrastructure which also provides guidance of how it should be implemented. 

    The current sites are designed around rapid charging as the idea was to allow taxi users ‘in transit’ upon use to get a rapid charger which is around 30 minutes. From the initial decision of who was allowed to use the sites, it was then opened out for 1 of the charging units to be used by members of the public.

    Additional to the rapid charging points the Council has installed 13 fast chargers around Calderdale in car parks and on-street.  The charging time for these is around 4-6 hours and many of these charging points are sited in long stay car parks.   

    Looking to the future the Council is currently working with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to introduce the next phase of the Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure and more slower chargers will be available. 
  • Share I was curious as to whether this project will be focussing on making EV chargers more accessible to the disabled? I know many Motability recipients are put off getting such a vehicle, as finding charge points which give plenty of room for accessibility requirements is almost impossible. Of course, I have also read accounts from many who had to send their EV back as was more expensive than their fossil fuel vehicle. This was because they were dependent upon public chargers, which can cost more than 4 times the amount of charging at home. on Facebook Share I was curious as to whether this project will be focussing on making EV chargers more accessible to the disabled? I know many Motability recipients are put off getting such a vehicle, as finding charge points which give plenty of room for accessibility requirements is almost impossible. Of course, I have also read accounts from many who had to send their EV back as was more expensive than their fossil fuel vehicle. This was because they were dependent upon public chargers, which can cost more than 4 times the amount of charging at home. on Twitter Share I was curious as to whether this project will be focussing on making EV chargers more accessible to the disabled? I know many Motability recipients are put off getting such a vehicle, as finding charge points which give plenty of room for accessibility requirements is almost impossible. Of course, I have also read accounts from many who had to send their EV back as was more expensive than their fossil fuel vehicle. This was because they were dependent upon public chargers, which can cost more than 4 times the amount of charging at home. on Linkedin Email I was curious as to whether this project will be focussing on making EV chargers more accessible to the disabled? I know many Motability recipients are put off getting such a vehicle, as finding charge points which give plenty of room for accessibility requirements is almost impossible. Of course, I have also read accounts from many who had to send their EV back as was more expensive than their fossil fuel vehicle. This was because they were dependent upon public chargers, which can cost more than 4 times the amount of charging at home. link

    I was curious as to whether this project will be focussing on making EV chargers more accessible to the disabled? I know many Motability recipients are put off getting such a vehicle, as finding charge points which give plenty of room for accessibility requirements is almost impossible. Of course, I have also read accounts from many who had to send their EV back as was more expensive than their fossil fuel vehicle. This was because they were dependent upon public chargers, which can cost more than 4 times the amount of charging at home.

    DisabledEVDriver asked 2 months ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your idea for LEVI with us, your feedback is very valuable in helping us inform our programme.


    Increasing accessibility of charging infrastructure is a key aim of our LEVI project. In October 2022 the British Standards Institution published the BSI PAS 1899:2022 on guidance creating EV charging opportunities that are accessible. Once appointed we will be working with our supplier to ensure that charging infrastructure delivered through LEVI meets or exceeds the BSI PAS 1899:2022 standards where it is reasonably practical to do so.


    LEVI is designed to support residents who don’t have access to off-street parking, by providing close to home charging opportunities. To do this we will be looking at installing chargepoint both in car parks and on-street to meet local needs, with a majority of locations expected to be on-street. 


    We are planning a further engagement of LEVI in summer 2024 and looking to provide opportunities to involve residents in informing our site selection for LEVI, please subscribe to the LEVI page for further updates.
  • Share Will the charge points in the LEVI network look to reduce the overall cost of charging at a public charging point? I have an EV and a charge point at home; my utilities supplier offers a discounted rate of 8p per kilowatt hour to charge the EV overnight at off-peak times. This is significantly less than the cost of using a public charge point, which can cost between 39p and 79p per kilowatt hour making it far more expensive to charge an EV if you are not able to have your own charge point installed at home. Will the consultation consider the cost of charging at a public charge point, as the difference in cost can make owning and EV significantly more expensive (and therefore less attractive, as they tend to be more expensive to purchase and insure too)? on Facebook Share Will the charge points in the LEVI network look to reduce the overall cost of charging at a public charging point? I have an EV and a charge point at home; my utilities supplier offers a discounted rate of 8p per kilowatt hour to charge the EV overnight at off-peak times. This is significantly less than the cost of using a public charge point, which can cost between 39p and 79p per kilowatt hour making it far more expensive to charge an EV if you are not able to have your own charge point installed at home. Will the consultation consider the cost of charging at a public charge point, as the difference in cost can make owning and EV significantly more expensive (and therefore less attractive, as they tend to be more expensive to purchase and insure too)? on Twitter Share Will the charge points in the LEVI network look to reduce the overall cost of charging at a public charging point? I have an EV and a charge point at home; my utilities supplier offers a discounted rate of 8p per kilowatt hour to charge the EV overnight at off-peak times. This is significantly less than the cost of using a public charge point, which can cost between 39p and 79p per kilowatt hour making it far more expensive to charge an EV if you are not able to have your own charge point installed at home. Will the consultation consider the cost of charging at a public charge point, as the difference in cost can make owning and EV significantly more expensive (and therefore less attractive, as they tend to be more expensive to purchase and insure too)? on Linkedin Email Will the charge points in the LEVI network look to reduce the overall cost of charging at a public charging point? I have an EV and a charge point at home; my utilities supplier offers a discounted rate of 8p per kilowatt hour to charge the EV overnight at off-peak times. This is significantly less than the cost of using a public charge point, which can cost between 39p and 79p per kilowatt hour making it far more expensive to charge an EV if you are not able to have your own charge point installed at home. Will the consultation consider the cost of charging at a public charge point, as the difference in cost can make owning and EV significantly more expensive (and therefore less attractive, as they tend to be more expensive to purchase and insure too)? link

    Will the charge points in the LEVI network look to reduce the overall cost of charging at a public charging point? I have an EV and a charge point at home; my utilities supplier offers a discounted rate of 8p per kilowatt hour to charge the EV overnight at off-peak times. This is significantly less than the cost of using a public charge point, which can cost between 39p and 79p per kilowatt hour making it far more expensive to charge an EV if you are not able to have your own charge point installed at home. Will the consultation consider the cost of charging at a public charge point, as the difference in cost can make owning and EV significantly more expensive (and therefore less attractive, as they tend to be more expensive to purchase and insure too)?

    AndyGP asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your idea for LEVI with us, your feedback is very valuable in helping us inform our programme.

    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is committed to ensuring fair and equitable access to EV charging, however, charging tariffs are usually set by the chargepoint operator. Pricing disparity between home and public charging is a recognised challenge for those who do not have access to their own off street parking and we are discussing with officers from across the West Yorkshire Councils different solutions that could be utilised in the region to address this.
     
    As part of the LEVI project, we will be working with private sector operators to ensure tariffs are reasonable, and explore options for using smart and off peak tariff, aiming to provide options that narrow the gap between home and public charging cost. At this time, we are unable to advise on what the price per KW will be.
  • Share Really exciting project. As an EV driver without access to a home charger, I'm keen to know the intended price per KW that will be charged for these chargers. As you know, the price varies hugely between different networks and a key removal of a financial barrier to transition to EV use will be the cost to charge. on Facebook Share Really exciting project. As an EV driver without access to a home charger, I'm keen to know the intended price per KW that will be charged for these chargers. As you know, the price varies hugely between different networks and a key removal of a financial barrier to transition to EV use will be the cost to charge. on Twitter Share Really exciting project. As an EV driver without access to a home charger, I'm keen to know the intended price per KW that will be charged for these chargers. As you know, the price varies hugely between different networks and a key removal of a financial barrier to transition to EV use will be the cost to charge. on Linkedin Email Really exciting project. As an EV driver without access to a home charger, I'm keen to know the intended price per KW that will be charged for these chargers. As you know, the price varies hugely between different networks and a key removal of a financial barrier to transition to EV use will be the cost to charge. link

    Really exciting project. As an EV driver without access to a home charger, I'm keen to know the intended price per KW that will be charged for these chargers. As you know, the price varies hugely between different networks and a key removal of a financial barrier to transition to EV use will be the cost to charge.

    MIJ asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your idea for LEVI with us, your feedback is very valuable in helping us inform our programme.

    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is committed to ensuring fair and equitable access to EV charging, however, charging tariffs are usually set by the chargepoint operator. Pricing disparity between home and public charging is a recognised challenge for those who do not have access to their own off street parking and we are discussing with officers from across the West Yorkshire Councils different solutions that could be utilised in the region to address this. 

    As part of the LEVI project, we will be working with private sector operators to ensure tariffs are reasonable, and explore options for using smart and off peak tariff, aiming to provide options that narrow the gap between home and public charging cost. At this time, we are unable to advise on what the price per KW will be.
  • Share Hi, I have an off road forecourt suitable to be used as an EV charging station with six 27kw (Medium power) outlets. I am prepared to start the planning process but the first hurdle is to ensure the power grid is fit to supply his facility without causing outages. Is there any information the Levi team have on the power generation infrastructure? on Facebook Share Hi, I have an off road forecourt suitable to be used as an EV charging station with six 27kw (Medium power) outlets. I am prepared to start the planning process but the first hurdle is to ensure the power grid is fit to supply his facility without causing outages. Is there any information the Levi team have on the power generation infrastructure? on Twitter Share Hi, I have an off road forecourt suitable to be used as an EV charging station with six 27kw (Medium power) outlets. I am prepared to start the planning process but the first hurdle is to ensure the power grid is fit to supply his facility without causing outages. Is there any information the Levi team have on the power generation infrastructure? on Linkedin Email Hi, I have an off road forecourt suitable to be used as an EV charging station with six 27kw (Medium power) outlets. I am prepared to start the planning process but the first hurdle is to ensure the power grid is fit to supply his facility without causing outages. Is there any information the Levi team have on the power generation infrastructure? link

    Hi, I have an off road forecourt suitable to be used as an EV charging station with six 27kw (Medium power) outlets. I am prepared to start the planning process but the first hurdle is to ensure the power grid is fit to supply his facility without causing outages. Is there any information the Levi team have on the power generation infrastructure?

    EHorspower asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    Northern Powergrid are the Distribution Network Operator for the West Yorkshire region. Northern Powergrid are the relevant organisation who will be able to advise you on grid capacity. Please visit their website for more information: www.northernpowergrid.com.

  • Share Hi There, I am a EV owner (Tesla Model 3) living in Bradford in a property with no drive. I have spoken to my local council about having and giving permission to install a channel across the pavement to allow a safe no tripping, charging gully like the Kerbo charge installed. The council isn't responding and I have been chasing for the past 5 months. Other council and boroughs have granted permission and this is allowed but why isn't Bradford and West Yorkshire giving permission. I am only one person in our street with EV charging and people are not switching as they are seeing issues such as no permissions to charge at home for people with no drives, public chargers are working out same as fuelling a Diesel car and it just doesn't make sense. I would like our Bradford Council and West Yorkshire LEVI team to look into technologies like Kerbo Charge and give permission for people like me- this should be an utmost priority. I would be looking forward to your response. on Facebook Share Hi There, I am a EV owner (Tesla Model 3) living in Bradford in a property with no drive. I have spoken to my local council about having and giving permission to install a channel across the pavement to allow a safe no tripping, charging gully like the Kerbo charge installed. The council isn't responding and I have been chasing for the past 5 months. Other council and boroughs have granted permission and this is allowed but why isn't Bradford and West Yorkshire giving permission. I am only one person in our street with EV charging and people are not switching as they are seeing issues such as no permissions to charge at home for people with no drives, public chargers are working out same as fuelling a Diesel car and it just doesn't make sense. I would like our Bradford Council and West Yorkshire LEVI team to look into technologies like Kerbo Charge and give permission for people like me- this should be an utmost priority. I would be looking forward to your response. on Twitter Share Hi There, I am a EV owner (Tesla Model 3) living in Bradford in a property with no drive. I have spoken to my local council about having and giving permission to install a channel across the pavement to allow a safe no tripping, charging gully like the Kerbo charge installed. The council isn't responding and I have been chasing for the past 5 months. Other council and boroughs have granted permission and this is allowed but why isn't Bradford and West Yorkshire giving permission. I am only one person in our street with EV charging and people are not switching as they are seeing issues such as no permissions to charge at home for people with no drives, public chargers are working out same as fuelling a Diesel car and it just doesn't make sense. I would like our Bradford Council and West Yorkshire LEVI team to look into technologies like Kerbo Charge and give permission for people like me- this should be an utmost priority. I would be looking forward to your response. on Linkedin Email Hi There, I am a EV owner (Tesla Model 3) living in Bradford in a property with no drive. I have spoken to my local council about having and giving permission to install a channel across the pavement to allow a safe no tripping, charging gully like the Kerbo charge installed. The council isn't responding and I have been chasing for the past 5 months. Other council and boroughs have granted permission and this is allowed but why isn't Bradford and West Yorkshire giving permission. I am only one person in our street with EV charging and people are not switching as they are seeing issues such as no permissions to charge at home for people with no drives, public chargers are working out same as fuelling a Diesel car and it just doesn't make sense. I would like our Bradford Council and West Yorkshire LEVI team to look into technologies like Kerbo Charge and give permission for people like me- this should be an utmost priority. I would be looking forward to your response. link

    Hi There, I am a EV owner (Tesla Model 3) living in Bradford in a property with no drive. I have spoken to my local council about having and giving permission to install a channel across the pavement to allow a safe no tripping, charging gully like the Kerbo charge installed. The council isn't responding and I have been chasing for the past 5 months. Other council and boroughs have granted permission and this is allowed but why isn't Bradford and West Yorkshire giving permission. I am only one person in our street with EV charging and people are not switching as they are seeing issues such as no permissions to charge at home for people with no drives, public chargers are working out same as fuelling a Diesel car and it just doesn't make sense. I would like our Bradford Council and West Yorkshire LEVI team to look into technologies like Kerbo Charge and give permission for people like me- this should be an utmost priority. I would be looking forward to your response.

    Zain asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your idea for LEVI with us, your feedback is very valuable in helping us inform our programme.

    We acknowledge that charging an electric vehicle for those who do not have access to off street parking can be challenging. Through the LEVI project we aim to increase the provision of close to home residential charging opportunities across West Yorkshire for those who do not have access to off-street parking. Through the LEVI project it is our intention to work with appointed suppliers to ensure long-term fair customer pricing is provided.

    We are committed to ensuring the right charging solution are installed in the right locations and we are working with our partner councils to access what charging infrastructure is needed to meet local needs. As part of this work, we are discussing cable channels and gullies with officers from all five West Yorkshire councils, including Bradford and the role that they could play in creating a fair and accessible EV charging network for the region. Each of the five councils are the Highway Authority for their district and it is up to each Highway Authority to set its own policy regarding on street private charging solutions.

    We are aware of cable channel solutions being trailed by authorities in other parts of the country, including the Kerbo Charge solution. We are observing the results of these with interest, and engaging with these authorities to gain learning that could inform further consideration of these solution for residents of West Yorkshire. 
  • Share Can the chargepoints all use a single app to access them? Using a host of different apps means having to maintain a balance of credit on each app, sometimes for years, when you've only used the charger once. on Facebook Share Can the chargepoints all use a single app to access them? Using a host of different apps means having to maintain a balance of credit on each app, sometimes for years, when you've only used the charger once. on Twitter Share Can the chargepoints all use a single app to access them? Using a host of different apps means having to maintain a balance of credit on each app, sometimes for years, when you've only used the charger once. on Linkedin Email Can the chargepoints all use a single app to access them? Using a host of different apps means having to maintain a balance of credit on each app, sometimes for years, when you've only used the charger once. link

    Can the chargepoints all use a single app to access them? Using a host of different apps means having to maintain a balance of credit on each app, sometimes for years, when you've only used the charger once.

    S asked 3 months ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your question with us, your feedback is very valuable in helping us inform our programme.

    We acknowledge that need for multiple app to access different chargepoint networks is a frustration that many EV driver face not just in West Yorkshire but across the country.

    Under the Public Charge Point Regulations 2023, that came into force on the 24th November 2023 ‘New public chargepoints of 8kW and above and existing charge points of 50 kW and above must offer contactless to consumers’. The provision of contactless payment option will make chargepoints across multiple networks more accessible and remove the need for a specific app if a customer does not wish to use one. This requirement will be applicable to any chargepoint delivered through our LEVI project that are 8kWs and above.

    However, the vast majority of chargepoints delivered through LEVI are required under the conditions of the funding to be 7kW or under. While contactless payment options are not a requirement for chargepoints of this speed we will be working with our suppliers once appointed to investigate the viability of this option and other methods to ensure that chargepoints are as accessible as possible and deliver a user-friendly experience. Through the LEVI project we will be working with a select number of chargepoint provides to minimise the potential multiple apps residents of West Yorkshire would need to access the chargepoint installed through this project and ensure that a consistent standard of public charging is delivered while still giving the public choice of the network(s) they choose to use and promote reliability.
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