Electric Vehicles

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council recognises the significant benefits of Electric Vehicles (EV), particularly in relation to air quality and public health, and that usage of electric vehicles by residents is increasing.

As such, we have recently adopted a joint EV Infrastructure Strategy with Lancashire County Council. The strategy sets out our proposed approach to delivering a step-change in electric vehicle charge point infrastructure across the borough (ensuring provision of around 260 charge points by 2026, and over 800 by 2030). This will support the Governments 2050 net zero target and help prepare for the 2030 commitment that will end the sale of new petroleum and diesel cars.

BwD EV Strategy

In order to accelerate local charge point rollout and deliver on the needs identified within the EV Infrastructure Strategy, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is to receive £1.6m of capital and £360k of capability funding under the UK Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund. This will help us to scale up the delivery of local EV charge points, enabling more residents, especially those without off-street parking to switch to EV’s.

If you would like to suggest a location for an EV charge point near your home please contact forwardplanning@blackburn.gov.uk. All suggestions are gratefully received and will help us identify demand for charge points, feed into network planning and feasibility work, and inform future delivery. Unfortunately, these requests may not always be responded to individually.

Existing provision

Council carparks with 22kWh EV charge points in the borough:

Blackburn Enterprise Centre, Furthergate, Blackburn BB1 3HQ
Blackburn Technology Management Centre, Challenge Way, Blackburn BB1 5QB
Brown Street Car Park, Blackburn BB1 6AD
Darwen Market Rooftop Car Park, School St, Darwen BB3 1BE
Varley Street Car Park, Darwen BB3 1AU
Weir Street Car Park, Blackburn BB2 2AX
Eanam Wharf Business Centre, Eanam Old Road, Blackburn BB1 5BL
Feilden St Undercroft Car Park,BB2 1LQ

7kWh EV charge point:

Fielden Street Multi-Storey Car Park, Blackburn BB2 1LQ

The current tariff (effective from 1st July 2023) for EV charging is 44p per kWh, plus a charge of 25p per transaction. Parking is free on the surface car parks whilst the vehicle is charging in the signed bay. Maximum stay 4 hours.

Feilden St and the Undercroft car parks are not included in the ‘free parking’ offer.

For assistance with using the charge point call 020 8515 8444

Electric Vehicle and Charging Infrastructure Survey

The Council has gathered information on residents’ attitudes towards electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.  Find the details here: https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/consultations/open-consultations/electric-vehicle-consultation

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