Elec­tric car num­bers 20 times higher

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

Twelve new elec­tric charg­ing points are to be in­stalled across the dis­trict to cater for a 20-fold in­crease in the num­ber of bat­tery-pow­ered cars.

In 2013 just 14 elec­tric ve­hi­cles were reg­is­tered in Can­ter­bury, Herne Bay and Whistable, but by last year that num­ber had risen to 273.

Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil has now teamed up with wind farm op­er­a­tors Vat­ten­fall and in­dus­try ex­perts BMM En­ergy So­lu­tion to in­stall the new charg­ing points as part of a £72,000 project.

Each ma­chine will be ca­pa­ble of charg­ing two cars in re­served bays.

Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil leader Si­mon Cook said: “The in­stal­la­tion of these EV charg­ing points is an im­por­tant first step in the jour­ney to pro­vide the in­fra­struc­ture that will de­liver cleaner air for the dis­trict.

“They were one of a raft of mea­sures con­tained in the Air Qual­ity Ac­tion Plan ap­proved by coun­cil­lors at the end of last year.

“The plan sig­nalled our de­ter­mi­na­tion that the coun­cil should do ev­ery­thing it can to im­prove air qual­ity in those ar­eas un­der its di­rect con­trol while work­ing with oth­ers to en­cour­age them to do the same.

“Our part­ner­ship with Vat­ten­fall means mo­torists driv­ing cleaner and greener elec­tric cars will find life that lit­tle bit eas­ier while be­ing pow­ered by re­newa- ble en­ergy.”

Three of the charg­ing points will be in­stalled in Pound Lane, St Radi­gunds and Watling Street car parks in Can­ter­bury and have been funded by a £19,000 grant from the gov­ern­ment’s Of­fice for Low Emis­sion Ve­hi­cles (Olev).

The other nine, funded by a £53,214 Olev grant and con­tri­bu­tions from Vat­ten­fall and BMM, will be in­stalled in North Holmes Road, West­gate Hall Road, Bev­er­ley Road, Queens Av­enue in Can­ter­bury; Cromwell Road, Sea Street, Gladstone Road and Nel­son Road in Whit­stable; and Cen­tral Pa­rade in Herne Bay.

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