When news happens, text SDE and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Electric cars get six new charge points
IT is a landmark deal in the drive towards greener travel on Hampshire’s roads.
Six locations in the county have been earmarked for power points to charge electrical cars after Hampshire County Council secured £315,000 of Government cash from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
The rapid charge points – which are among the fastest available – are among 12 being created in the region. They will be fitted with two different types of connector enabling owners of all electrical vehicles to charge their batteries for an onward journey in 20 to 30 minutes and will operate through a ‘pay as you go’ system with no registration required.
Council executive member for economy, transport and environment Cllr Seán Woodward said: “We want to make a significant contribution to cutting carbon emissions in Hampshire alongside developing transport infrastructure to meet future demands.
“One of the barriers to people buying electric vehicles is easy access to quick and universal charging points. This new network will be a good starting point in breaking this barrier down.”
Executive member for income and capital resourced Cllr Mel Kendal, who has been working with the Association of European Regions on researching electric vehicle infrastructure said: “More recent technological developments have given us the confidence that installing charge points is a sensible long-term investment as there is now a Europe wide standard plug connection for charging electric vehicles.
“There are now payment systems that do not require prior registration to a particular club or scheme so people can simply use their chip and pin debit or credit card or contactless payment method to pay for the electricity needed to charge their vehicle.”
The charging points will be located on the north and southbound A34 carriageway at the Little Chef at Sutton Scotney, the Little Chefs on the A303 at Popham and Barton Stacey, at The Furlong off the A31 in Ringwood and in Petersfield Central Car Park.
Six others will be at key locations in the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.
The Government has set aside £37million to offset the cost of installing infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles as part of its plan to support ultra low emission vehicles.
Comments are closed on this article.