More EV charging points installed in car parks

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Electric vehicles owners can now benefit from more charging points in public car parks across Warwick district.

Funded by the Government Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Warwickshire County Council under the On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS), around 100 charge points have been installed across the county with Warwick District benefiting from 26 twin-headed charging points, meaning 52 electric vehicles can be charged at any one time.

There are also plans to install more on-street facilities in the coming months.

Recently, almost 1,000 residents took advantage of a free parking permit scheme for electric vehicles.

Though the scheme finishes on 31 July, a new scheme is currently under review and is expected to re-launch soon.

Cllr Alan Rhead, portfolio holder for climate change, said: “The electric vehicle revolution is here and isn’t slowing down. This Council is committed to supporting residents in their pursuit to switch to green and sustainable transport.

“Electric vehicles cost less to run than a petrol or diesel car and the ranges are now quite extensive, averaging around 300 miles. Given that home chargers are not feasible for everyone, we are committed to supporting residents with infrastructure to charge their vehicles as part of our climate emergency commitments.”

Cllr Heather Timms added: “We are committed to reducing our Carbon footprint in Warwickshire with a view to the county being Carbon neutral by 2030. The shift towards electric vehicles is integral to that so we are pleased to support the initiative and build up the EV charging point infrastructure throughout Warwickshire.”