Let's Talk Electric Vehicle Charging

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With the declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ by Welsh Government, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (RCTCBC) is clear that it must play its’ part in taking urgent action to mitigate the risks of Climate Change. The Council has recognised the fundamental changes that are needed to the way we all live our lives, and, as such, has committed to becoming a Net Zero Local Authority by the target date of 2030.

We previously consulted on your views to help us to plan our future development of Electric Vehicle Charging across Rhondda Cynon Taf. The results of which were published here.

Following this, we have now produced an Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy, to outline several key principles that will empower the Council to advise, help and support individuals, or parties, that wish to make the switch from conventional vehicles to EVs.

The Strategy aims to set out why action is needed and to identify clear outcomes, to coordinate a County Borough wide approach, to promote and encourage the development of a robust and practical electric vehicle charging (EVC) network, whilst fostering a transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric vehicles as part of the Council’s wider sustainable transport goals.

The publication of this Strategy will be followed by an Implementation Plan, which will act as a road map to inform individuals and/or organisations of the appropriate route to take when installing EV infrastructure and provide best practice, practical guidance and relevant information regarding funding and legislation.

Click here for Welsh

With the declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ by Welsh Government, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council (RCTCBC) is clear that it must play its’ part in taking urgent action to mitigate the risks of Climate Change. The Council has recognised the fundamental changes that are needed to the way we all live our lives, and, as such, has committed to becoming a Net Zero Local Authority by the target date of 2030.

We previously consulted on your views to help us to plan our future development of Electric Vehicle Charging across Rhondda Cynon Taf. The results of which were published here.

Following this, we have now produced an Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy, to outline several key principles that will empower the Council to advise, help and support individuals, or parties, that wish to make the switch from conventional vehicles to EVs.

The Strategy aims to set out why action is needed and to identify clear outcomes, to coordinate a County Borough wide approach, to promote and encourage the development of a robust and practical electric vehicle charging (EVC) network, whilst fostering a transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric vehicles as part of the Council’s wider sustainable transport goals.

The publication of this Strategy will be followed by an Implementation Plan, which will act as a road map to inform individuals and/or organisations of the appropriate route to take when installing EV infrastructure and provide best practice, practical guidance and relevant information regarding funding and legislation.

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    RCT need to start providing more charging

    by Stu22, about 1 year ago
    I have owned an EV since May 21, the car is amazing, quiet and easy to drive.


    The feeling of not being able to find a charging point is Wales is awful, England are so far ahead of Wales. Wales have implemented a climate emergency but not done anything about it, it feels like its all talk and no action.

    Petrol stations should by law from the Welsh Government to become "Filling Stations" and have fast electric charging as well as petrol and diesel. They can make money from electric we just need the convenience in place, especially for visitors... Continue reading

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    It's not just about charging

    by JMead, over 1 year ago
    I have owned an EV for just over a month and in that time I've been surprised at how poor the progress has been in Wales compared with over the border. For a country that has declared a climate emergency, there has been very little work done to promote the uptake and provide incentives for switching to an EV. For example, there are numerous examples of councils in England that provide no or low cost parking for electric cars in town centre car parks, including Westminster council in London that allow EVs to park all day for the cost of... Continue reading
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    Haven't yet purchased an EV because there is nowhere to charge!!

    by Bdf, over 1 year ago
    I live in Tonypandy and have been considering purchasing an EV for about the past 3 years. But with no off street parking and hardly any charging ports in the Rhondda at all, I keep getting cold feet. Range anxiety and the fear of having to go miles out the way to get the car charged has really put me off. If you look at a charging app, RCT and the Rhondda particularly, is like a black spot. It's great to see Lidl in Porth finally has a charging station, but I strongly believe that many members of the public... Continue reading
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    NEW HYBRID OWNER AND CHARGING DILEMMA

    by SArcher, over 1 year ago
    To all fellow RCT residents,

    I have just purchased a new Hybrid car and find that only location RCT side for charging is TESCO, ABERDARE.

    Further, as I will need to charge at home, this poses further issues.

    I do not have a driveway and to ensure I can charge the car conveniently, this will require me to either park my car on DOUBLE YELLOW LINES or a junction, in order to allow sufficient cable length.

    But, I have to be cognizant of pedestrian safety, and so will have to purchase a cable protector ramp, ro ensure pedestrian neither trip... Continue reading

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    Battery Power/Thank Heaven for Global Warming

    by David, over 1 year ago

    The thought of having in the near future,to drive a Battery Powered Car is eased a little by the fact that the World is entering a phase of......Global Warming!!!

    During my Army service through a Korean Winter in . the 1950's the Arctic Weather made life a misery.

    I was running our Units battery charging station in the back of a canvas sided Bedford lorry,facing every morning the task of thawing the Top Up water,and hopeful that the generator diesel would not run from the refuelling Jerry can like syrup.

    At minus 20 and below,the storage capacity of the cells... Continue reading

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    A great car made better by infrastructure

    by matthewgsmith, over 1 year ago
    I bought a second hand, low range electric car two years ago. I use it mainly for commuting, shopping and local leisure trips. I charge it overnight at home.


    For me, with a dedicated private driveway, owning an EV has been a breeze. However, RCT borough is one of the worst places in the UK for public charging. As I write this there are no public rapid chargers in the borough, the only borough in Wales where this is the case, and slower destination charging is very thin on the ground.


    We live in a borough with a higher proportion... Continue reading