New car park and bus station set to be electric record-breaker

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With the reopening of Broadmarsh Car Park and Bus Station on course for the autumn, Nottingham City Council has revealed the new building will host the largest number of electric vehicle charge points in one location in the whole of the UK.

Work to install the 81 charge points – including in Blue Badge disabled parking bays – is nearing completion, along with a host of other smart technology that will make customer journeys easier and significantly reduce the site’s carbon footprint.

Councillor Sally Longford, deputy leader and portfolio holder for energy and environment, said: “As a council we’ve been at the forefront of embracing new electric vehicle technology, including supporting the transition to cleaner taxis, electric and biogas buses and trams, and converting our own fleet.

“While walking, cycling and using public transport remain the greenest ways to travel, we recognise there are times when a car is the most convenient option. That’s why we’ve encouraged the switch to electric vehicles, which are far kinder to the environment, including developing a regional network of more than 400 charge points in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

“We can’t carry on relying on petrol and diesel vehicles as we have in the past. Thinking about how we travel is essential to reduce air pollution and limit the effects of climate change, and ultimately to protect our planet for future generations.”

Nottingham City Council has an ambition to be the first city in the UK to be entirely carbon neutral by 2028.