Cotswolds set to get rapid electric Vehicle Charging Points
Cotswold District Council will soon be introducing rapid Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs) into the Cotswolds for the very first time.
The EVCPs are due to be installed at the Beeches car park in Cirencester and the Old Market Way car park in Moreton-in-Marsh, thanks to funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
This should encourage more local people to adopt a greener mode of travel, as the EVCPs will provide them with the flexibility to travel between locations in the north and south of the district and beyond.
The initiative is also expected to have a beneficial effect on those involved in the tourism industry, local traders, and the local economy generally, because Cotswold District will create two new vital hubs in an emerging nationwide electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Cllr Chris Hancock, Cotswold District Council's Cabinet member for enterprise and partnerships, said: “I am very pleased to announce that this new environmentally-friendly service is on its way and I very much hope that it will encourage more residents and visitors to use electric powered vehicles in the future.
"These two new EVCP hubs will provide an important strategic link between existing charging points on the M4, M5 and M40, encouraging more drivers to stop off in the Cotswolds.
"We are always looking for innovative ways to harness technology which reduces our carbon footprint, and the installation of EVCPs in Cirencester and Moreton will, I am sure, be seen as a very positive step forward.
“We are expecting to launch the rapid EVCPs in a few weeks. They will allow motorists to charge their vehicles in about 30 minutes – up to eight hours quicker than standard charge points, and also a three to four-hour improvement on fast-charge points.
"There will be a £4 ‘charge and park’ fee which will cover a charge-up for each vehicle using the EVCPs and up to an hour’s worth of parking. We will also ensure that users can access a pay-as-you-go service via telephone or mobile phone app to pay for this new service.”