WYCHAVON district is getting 20 new electric car charging points costing £150,000.
Part of the funding – £64,000 – is coming from the Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) which is supported by the Energy Saving Trust.
Two of the 7kw chargers will be installed at Waitrose in Droitwich where there are already two and the others will be located in Evesham, Pershore and Broadway.
The move is part of Wychavon District Council’s commitment to support the growth of the ultra low emissions vehicles to help reduce the district’s carbon footprint.
Once the work is completed in March, the total number of public car parking chargers in Wychavon will be 24.
Drivers will have to pay for their parking and electricity separately but the parking will be free after 6pm.
The council is also investing in a new all-electric vehicle for staff to use while on council business, as a replacement for the hybrid vehicle it bought in 2012.
Coun Emma Stokes, Wychavon’s executive board member for environment, said: “We have already seen the number of ultra low emission vehicles on Wychavon’s roads increase by more than 500 per cent since 2011 and it will continue to increase over the coming years.
“This investment will help ensure we are playing our part in supporting the growth of the electric vehicle market and, along with all our other low carbon schemes, contribute to our ambition to reduce the district’s carbon footprint.”
In 2018 there were 444 ULEVs (Ultra Low Emission Vehicles) registered by drivers in the district in 2018 and another 474 last year.
ULEVs range from pure electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, to plug-in hybrids and extended range electric vehicles.