Toolkit for Local Areas

Making the EV transition better for all

A New AutoMotive For Local Areas

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Understanding demand data for EVs in your area

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Module length 30 mins

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In this module, we will explore ways for you to estimate the current and future demands that EVs will make on the infrastructure in your local area.

We will look at three key variables that help us to understand and plan for this demand -

  • how many EVs are on the road in my area?
  • what are the usage patterns for EVs in my area [e-miles]?
  • which types of EVs are being bought and used in my area?

Answering these questions will be the foundation of any local plan that is aimed at providing infrastructure and other policy responses to the transition from ICE vehicles to EVs.

For each of these, we will explore the types of data that are available and methods we can use for predicting likely trends over the next few years.

We can gain some headline insights into local car ownership in England by looking at two datasets provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

[NB For Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we need to use different sources for household data as these are compiled by local agencies rather than by the ONS. We are working to include data extracts for these countries during the beta development phase.]

These datasets show us the number of households in each local authority area and the number of vehicles licensed to people in each local authority area at the end of the year.

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Understanding supply sufficiency

An introduction to the kind of data we might want to understand whether supply is sufficient - what do we know about the local availability of charging points in homes and on streets, how is this changing over time, and what issues will we need to address to keep up with local EV demand.

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Sources of further information and examples of good practice.

Department for Transport

A wealth of resources on low emission and electric vehicles, including statistics, funding and chargepoint schemes.


Zap-Map helps EV drivers locate available charge points, plan their electric journeys with the route planner, pay for charging on participating networks and share updates with other drivers.

Electric Brighton

A great example of a community initiative promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in the Brighton and Hove area.

London Charge Point Dashboard

A project from the London Office of Technology and Innovation that pulls together data from multiple local authorities to produce a London-wide dashboard showing charge points and their usage.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust publishes useful information and tools related to electric vehicles on their website.

Access further support from the New AutoMotive team

We want to transition to electric vehicles to be as fast and as smooth as possible. If you would benefit from one of our bespoke workshops, a talk with our team, or if have a request for a customised dataset, we’d love to hear from you.

Team: Ben Nelmes and Andrea Di Antonio
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