Electric vehicle cable channel (EVCC) pilot scheme

The County Council is going to trial electric vehicle cable channels (EVCC) across the County. This is the first step in helping Nottinghamshire residents without off-street parking provision to charge their electric vehicle (EV) outside their home, rather than off-street in public car parks. This will provide a short-term solution to on-street EV charging for residents in both urban and rural areas.

The trials will enable residents to fund cable channels, which are cut into the footway to extend EV charging cables from their EV home charge point to the public highway through a discreet and safe conduit, without creating a trip hazard to road users or adding to street clutter.

Paragraphs 9-15 in the approved Committee report details the EVCC pilot scheme that is going to be undertaken in the county.

 The County Council is still finalising the details of the pilot scheme, but expressions of interest can be registered in the meantime. Please complete our online highways request form if you would like to register an expression of interest in participating in the trial. Please select ‘Electric vehicle (EV) charging’ and then ‘On-street EV charging cable channels pilot’.

After you have submitted a new highways request form, you will receive an automated email acknowledging your request. A member of our team will then be in-touch to discuss your request in further detail.

To be eligible for participation in the trial applicants must:

  1. Own or lease an EV
  2. have no access to off-street parking provision including a driveway, forecourt, communal parking, garage (either adjacent to the property or elsewhere) or a similar off-street area to park the EV
  3. have a smart EV charge point installed at the property (installed by an approved OZEV authorised installer) in conjunction with an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) charging cable prior to the installation of an EVCC
  4. seek advice and obtain appropriate planning permission (if required) from the Local Planning Authority (district/ borough councils), prior to the installation of a smart EV charge point at their property
  5. have permission from the landowner/ property owner to install EV charging infrastructure if they do not own the property
  6. have access to private electrical supply for charging the EV at ground floor level
  7. agree to take part in programme monitoring for the duration of the trial, such as providing data on usage, etc.

Key information to consider:

  • The applicant will need to fund the installation of the EVCC, as unfortunately government grants aren’t currently available to fund them. The costs of their installation are still being determined.
  • Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis as it is recognised that they may not be a suitable solution for some properties, e.g., where parking is not permitted or would be inappropriate, or in certain heritage conservation areas. Applications will therefore require a site inspection to assess their suitability.
  • Having an EVCC installed does not guarantee parking outside your property as a dedicated parking bay outside the property won’t be provided as part of the trial. This would reduce limited on-street parking capacity for residents and visitors throughout the day at locations where there are already parking pressures, and as the EV charge point would be used exclusively by one household a reserved bay is not considered appropriate.
  • All EVCC installations will be delivered by Via East Midlands, the County Council’s delivery partner.
  • As this is a trial, there will be an initial limit of 10 EVCC installed per district. The installations will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Council does not intend to remove cable channels after the trial has ended i.e. the resident can continue to use the cable channel after the end of the trial period.

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