North East Combined Authority

North East Combined Authority

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) brings together the local authorities of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Our ambition is to create the best possible conditions for growth in jobs, investment and living standards, to make the North East an excellent location for business, to prioritise and deliver high quality infrastructure and to enable residents to raise their skill levels and to benefit from economic growth long into the future.

The North East is at the forefront of Low Carbon Vehicles adoption. The region is unique in that mass market electric vehicles are produced here and the region is home to the Transport Operations Research Group which is leading the way in low carbon vehicle research. Between 2010-2013 1,163 electric vehicle charging points were installed in the region as part of the Plugged In Places project. The project was responsible for developing the UK’s first regional rapid charge network.

The NECA believes that increased uptake of electric vehicles will deliver multiple benefits including improved air quality, economic growth and social benefits and we are working to deliver a new wave of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to ensure that charging requirements are catered for.

We have received funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and are applying to the European Regional Development Fund to construct two Go Ultra Low filling stations and up to eight clusters of 2 or 3 rapid chargers which will benefit the growing number of EV users in the north east.