Lancashire set to invest £15 million on electric car chargers

June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on Lancashire set to invest £15 million on electric car chargers § permalink

The scheme would see 150 charging points be installed across the county by March 2018, but some people wonder if the money could be spent elsewhere.


Lancashire County Council successfully bid for the £14.8m from the Department for Transport.

But some community leaders have spoken out, saying the money should be used to save bus and library services that are being callously cut across Lancashire.
With libraries and bus services in every town across the county facing cuts, many believe this would be the better option.
However, others think we need to invest in the future of energy saving.
It is hoped the first machines will be installed in early 2017 once contract providers have been appointed.
Money secured from the Department for Transport will also go to replacing street lights with new LED bulbs, which could save up to £500,000 a year.
Source: http://www.2br.co.uk/news/local-news/2018180/lancashire-set-to-invest-15-million-on-electric-car-chargers/

EV Message: Electric surge as record numbers of drivers switch to plug-in cars

October 30th, 2014 § Comments Off on EV Message: Electric surge as record numbers of drivers switch to plug-in cars § permalink

Over a quarter of the UK’s plug-in cars sold in last 3 months.

Sales of electric cars and other plug-in vehicles continue to rapidly increase, with a record number of people taking advantage of government grants.

The Plug-in Car Grant reduces the price of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) by up to £5,000 for cars and £8,000 for vans, making them more affordable for the public and businesses.

Between July and September 2014, over 5,000 grants were provided, more than double the number than in the previous 3 months and almost a third of all grants since the scheme was launched in 2010. There are now over 17,000 grant funded ULEVs on the UK’s roads.
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Well Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars

October 11th, 2013 § Comments Off on Well Done: Birmingham switched on to potential of electric cars § permalink

Plugged in city scheme aiming to develop 500 charging points.

Moves to encourage more electric cars onto Birmingham’s roads have gathered pace with the installation of 36 charging points.

The plug-in facilities are at 18 sites across the city. Electric car owners will be able to use the facilities in return for an annual £24 membership of Plugged In Midlands, which is developing a network of more than 500 charging points across the Midlands. » Read the rest of this entry «

Well done Corby: Electric Vehicle Charging Points Launched

October 8th, 2013 § Comments Off on Well done Corby: Electric Vehicle Charging Points Launched § permalink

At Rockingham Motor Circuit on Friday 13th September 3pm Corby is launching its extended charge point infrastructure for electric vehicles, part of the towns strategy to ensure it is a leading edge location for business.

To complement the EV charge points already at Corby Station and the Corby Cube, charge points have been installed at a range of venues and businesses including the Holiday Inn, Adrenaline Alley and Corby Town Football Club. An online map showing the latest locations is available at http://www.electriccorby.co.uk.

Corby now has one of the highest concentrations of charge points per head of population in the UK » Read the rest of this entry «

Good News Reading: Government cash gives a jump-start for electric cars

September 23rd, 2013 § Comments Off on Good News Reading: Government cash gives a jump-start for electric cars § permalink

The Department for Transport has announced that Reading Borough Council will receive a grant of £127,500 to help pay for the five charging locations

Electric CarsFive charging sites for electric cars are on the way, thanks to some Government cash.

The Department for Transport has announced that Reading Borough Council will receive a grant of £127,500 to help pay for the five charging locations.

The grant represents 75 per cent of the cost and the council will provide the rest – either from its transport budget or from sponsorship. The charging points will form part of a new national network which will allow electric car drivers to plan longer journeys. It also aims to encourage more drivers to opt for electrically-powered vehicles.

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South Yorkshire: Super-fast charging points for electric cars

August 6th, 2013 § Comments Off on South Yorkshire: Super-fast charging points for electric cars § permalink

South Yorkshire has been awarded £225,000 to increase the number of rapid electric car charging points.

The county will receive £75,000 from the Department for Transport this year, with a further £150,000 the year after.

The units give some cars a full charge in 30 minutes as opposed to standard charge points that can take up to eight hours.

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