Work to install 24 Electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Blaby District Council owned car parks is underway.
The council-owned car parks in Narborough and Blaby will share the 12 7kwh twin chargers, with the project funded by £77,000 from the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles.
In Blaby, Johns Court and Enderby Road car park will each have eight bays dedicated to electric charging. Weavers Court in Narborough will have six bays, whilst Leicester Road in Narborough will have two bays.
Each charger will also be using innovative NetX technology, increasing the potential capacity of the charging network.
Work began Thursday 11 March and is expected to be completed over the next few weeks. Once the chargers go live, charging will be free for two months courtesy of suppliers EB Charging. After this period, charging will cost 30p per kW with payment via the EB Charging App, EB Go.
The dedicated EV bays will have a three hour maximum stay from 8am-6pm Monday to Saturday. Cars parked in the EV charging bays must be plugged in to a charging point and displaying a valid parking ticket or penalty notices will be issued.
There will be no charge for parking in the bays on Sundays or outside of the enforced hours, but the 30p per kW charge will apply at all times.
With electric vehicle sales on the rise from 2.7% market share in 2020 to 6.7% in 2021, the move forms an important part of Blaby District Council’s Climate Change Strategy and will facilitate the transition to a low carbon transport network.
The four car parks in the district were chosen to help provide access to EV Chargers for residents who aren’t able to install home chargers.
Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “We are so pleased to start this important work that modernises our car parks and enables residents to access electric vehicle ownership.
“The rise of electric vehicles on our roads is increasing rapidly and we need to make sure that residents who would usually struggle to access charging points where they live can have the choice to own an electric vehicle.”
“We hope that this scheme encourages more people to make the switch to electric vehicles, which will reduce carbon emissions, traffic noise and improve our air quality.”
Dan O’Hara, Chief Executive of EB Charging, said: “We’re really happy to be working with Blaby District Council as part of their Climate Change initiative and helping to improve air quality in the area.
“One important way to reduce the UK’s collective carbon footprint is to move from petrol and diesel to electric vehicles, and this switch is made easier by ensuring electric charging points are widely accessible.
We hope the 12 twin chargers being installed across the district will encourage more drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles and, in turn, ensure cleaner air for all in Blaby District.”