Electric vehicles

The government has announced that all new cars and vans wholly powered by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030.

The council supports this shift towards cleaner-emission vehicles as part of the wider aim to tackle the causes of climate change. So far, we have:

  • added electric vehicles (EVs) to our own fleet
  • installed several fast charging points in Bracknell town centre car parks
  • applied to the government funding scheme for chargepoint installations in wider council-owned car parks

We are also engaging with the private sector to try to increase charging opportunities. We are encouraging and facilitating the provision of charging points at strategic locations. This includes businesses, retail parks, neighbourhood shopping centres, community hubs, libraries and leisure destinations.

We are keen to accommodate charge-points on our land where it can be done at little or no cost to the public.

Grant schemes

There are some government grant schemes to help you buy and charge an electric vehicle:

Government guide to electric vehicles

See the Beginner's Guide to Going Electric on GOV.UK which contains lots of information regarding choosing, owning and charging an electric vehicle.

Charging points

Find your nearest charge-point

For a full list of charge-point locations in the borough we recommend using Zap Map.

Charging points in new developments

Our planning and parking policies now require EV charging capability to feature in new residential and non-residential developments.

Future charge-point network

Given the rapid progress in charging technology it is likely that station forecourts, and service stations, will increasingly offer ultra-fast charging alongside petrol and diesel fuel. This could form a significant part of the longer-term EV charging solution.

Removing the reliance on home or kerbside charging is key to making EVs a practical alternative ahead of 2030.

For more information on charging and the council’s approach to providing charging opportunities for residents, please read our guide.

Kerbside charging in residential streets

There are many difficulties around installing charging points within residential streets. These include:

  • kerbside charging removing parking capacity
  • cost
  • the overall scale of this approach
  • the need to keep footways clear of obstruction

At the moment we are focusing on the wider public charge-point network rather than kerbside charging in residential streets.

Tell us about your charging requirements

We are currently collecting information to help inform future policy. This is so that we can help meet the charging needs of our residents in the future.

Take part in our electric vehicle survey

Please note, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a charge-point in your street.