Watford leading the way in electric vehicle take-up

The latest Department for Transport statistics show that the number of electric vehicles (EVs) registered in Watford account for more than half those registered in the whole of Hertfordshire and represent an impressive 1.8% of the total number in England.

Over the last year, the town has seen a 45% rise in EV registrations, with almost 4,847 now registered in Watford - the second highest number in the county is in St Albans, with 831.

This latest news is hot on the heels of the publication of Watford Borough and Hertfordshire County Councils’ draft Transforming Travel in Watford Strategy – an ambitious 20-year plan to make it easier and greener for people to travel around the town.

The rise in take-up also follows Watford Borough Council’s drive to install more EV chargers around the town, with more than 40 now in place in convenient locations where residents can charge their vehicles for as little as 32p per killowatt hour.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Given that Watford is one of the smallest districts in the country, this is an incredible achievement. We have been working hard to support Watford residents to make greener choices and we recognised early on that we needed a strategy to roll-out EV charging infrastructure. Our ongoing installation programme is enabling more and more people to make this positive switch. This is all part of a wider Sustainability Strategy for the town, which will help us to achieve our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.”

Early results from the recent Transforming Travel in Watford Strategy consultation show that more than 70% of people support both the installation of more EV charging points and the introduction of more EV taxis.