Five charg­ing points for 50 elec­tric cars in the county

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Own­ers of elec­tric cars will be able to recharge their ve­hi­cles at five lo­ca­tions in the bor­ough – three in Ash­ford and two in Ten­ter­den.

Plans to in­stall five dou­ble charg­ing points across the bor­ough by the end of March were un­veiled at a meet­ing of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s cab­i­net last week – de­spite the fact there are cur­rently about 50 elec­tric cars in the county.

They will be lo­cated in Vicarage Lane, the Civic Cen­tre in Tan­nery Lane, the Julie Rose Sta­dium, in Willes­bor­ough Road, Ten­ter­den Leisure Cen­tre and Sta­tion Road, Ten­ter­den.

Cllr Bernard Heyes, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for trans­porta­tion, high­ways and engineering, said: “Al­though there are cur­rently only a small num­ber of own­ers of elec­tric ve­hi­cles in the county, sta­tis­tics sug­gest this will in­crease over the com­ing years so it is im­por­tant for us to pro­vide the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture to run, and recharge, the ve­hi­cles.”

The money to in­stall the charg­ers is be­ing pro­vided in grant form to Kent County Coun­cil from the Depart­ment for Trans­port, which is keen to in­crease the take-up of elec­tric cars.

Even though there are cur­rently fewer than 50 elec­tric ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in Kent, KCC bid for £237,000 to in­stall 43 dou­ble charg­ing points in the county.

Each dou­ble charg­ing point costs about £7,500 to pur­chase and in­stall.

The KCC grant will cover about £5,500 per unit and KCC will also match lo­cal au­thor­ity con­tri­bu­tions.

The re­main­der of the costs will be funded by the bor­ough coun­cil from de­vel­oper fund­ing.

Cllr Heyes added: “This is a pos­i­tive move for­ward for the coun­cil that will ul­ti­mately en­hance the eco-friendly cre­den­tials of the bor­ough, and supports other steps we are tak­ing to re­duce carbon emis­sions on a wider scale.”

The coun­cil is still con­sid­er­ing a charg­ing tar­iff for the park­ing spa­ces for the elec­tric ve­hi­cles and the elec­tric­ity sup­plied.

Ash­ford coun­cil will have the op­tion to de­com­mis­sion points if they are not pop­u­lar or fi­nan­cially vi­able.

Charge points are planned for Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den

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