Twenty new electric charging stations for hybrid and electric cars are currently being installed across Ashfield.
The first installation of charge points have now gone live in Piggins Croft Car Park, Hucknall. As part of the Go Ultra Low project led by Nottingham City Council, these new additions will offer more places for eco-friendly drivers to recharge their cars across Ashfield.
The twenty new charge points will be built at four locations across the district, with eight being built in the visitor’s car park of the Council Offices in Kirkby; eight in New Street car park, Sutton; a twin rapid point in the car park at Kings Mill Reservoir and the twin rapid point that has gone live in Piggins Croft car park, Hucknall.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny said: “I am very excited about the addition of the new electrical charge points. We are hoping that we can encourage the use of green energy and sustainable living across our district.”
Go Ultra Low is installing over 300 charge points across the East Midlands to improve the existing charging network and help support people to make the switch to ultra low emission vehicles.
The new charge points have been introduced following a grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to encourage people to join the “electric car revolution”. Nottingham City Council was awarded £6 million to improve infrastructure for ultra low emission vehicles across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire.
Around a third of homes in England do not have off-street parking, making it difficult to charge electric vehicles overnight. With many new stations being built across the country, the potential amount of road users switching to electrical power could increase.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny added “Ashfield District Council is committed to ensuring that there is plenty of availability and opportunity for those that drive eco-friendly vehicles to recharge as and when they need as part of our green agenda. We will continue to work closely with Go Ultra Low Nottingham to ensure that these stations are maintained and easily accessible to the public 24/7.”