Description of the scheme 

A car plugged in to an electrical vehicle charging point

This project will install around 40 on-street electric vehicle charging points for public use in Wirral.

Locations for these charging points were decided based on a survey completed by residents.

This is a pilot project.

Road name Number of charging points
Ackers Road, Woodchurch 3
Atherton Street, Wallasey 3
Cable Road, Hoylake 2
Carrington Road, Wallasey 4
Chapel Road, Hoylake 1
Cressingham Road, Wallasey 3
Elm Road, Birkenhead 2
Elm Grove, Hoylake 2
Ganneys Meadow, Woodchurch 4
Walby Close, Woodchurch 2
Grove Road, Hoylake 2
Palatine Road, Bromborough 5
Rostherne Avenue, Wallasey 4
Sandringham Avenue, Hoylake 5
The Kings Gap 1
Walby Close, Woodchurch  
Waverley Road, Hoylake 2

Benefits of the scheme

This scheme will enable the council to provide a network suitable for a greener future.

The pilot project aims to increase electric vehicle use in Wirral and therefore reduce carbon emissions from the borough.

This will help residents to support Wirral’s climate strategy, Cool 2, which sets an ambitious goal of shifting to fossil fuel free local travel by around 2030.

How the scheme will be funded

The scheme is funded by a £77,000 grant from OZEV (Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles), formerly known as OLEV, and £26,000 from Wirral Council.

Timescales

Work for the project will start in July 2021 and is due for completion by the end of September 2021.

The charging points will not be available to use immediately. They will only be used for charging electric vehicles from October 2021 onwards.

How to use the charging points

charging point interfaceElectric vehicle charging points will be free for the first 12 months (from October 2021 to October 2022).

Whilst the charging points are free, using the charging points will be as simple as plugging in and charging.

There is a ‘traffic light’ system on the front of the charging point:

  • The top button is a system check and should be steady green. This means that the charging point is ready to use. If it is red, there is a fault that must be reported.
  • Once plugged in, press the middle button ‘stop/start’ to start charging.
  • The bottom button tells you your charge status. Once your charge is complete, press the middle button ‘stop/start’ again and unplug your vehicle from the charging point.

Do you need to pay to park when using these chargers even if electricity is free?

The charge points are located on residential streets where there are usually no parking charges. Existing parking restrictions on any roads, where the charging points have been installed, still apply and should be followed.

How long will it take to charge my car using these charging points?

The chargers will be set initially at about 2KW. The charging points have been installed in locations where we suspect residents will be using them to charge their electric vehicles overnight.

How to report a problem

You can report a problem with an electric vehicle charging point using the streetlight form.

Report a problem with a charging point

I am a resident where one of the chargers has been installed, why wasn’t I told about it?

The charging points are located on streetlight columns. The locations for the charging points were selected from suggestions in a survey that was open to all Wirral residents. The households that took part in the original survey were contacted to see if they were still interested in having the electric vehicle charging point.

Will non-electric cars be penalised for parking in front of the chargers?

The council are not looking to enforce parking next to the columns where the charge points are located. No formal bays will be marked out for the use of these charging points.

In most cases, more than one charge point has been installed in the selected streets to try and reduce the charge points being blocked by cars not charging. Other local authorities have used this approach for electric vehicle chargers installed on street light columns.

Any future plans for more EV charging in Wirral?

This scheme is a pilot. Whilst there are no imminent plans to install more electric vehicle charging points, this is something that the council would support. All future schemes will be subject to securing funding.