District council teams up with BPCM to give motorists ‘greener energy'

18 December 2019

Electric car drivers are now able to power-up their vehicles in a number of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s car parks.

New charge points are being installed as part of the move toward greener transport, helping to improve air quality in the quest to cut back on fossil fuels.

The initiative is part of a wider plan to provide a national network of charge points with Newark chosen as a key location.

It is being promoted by Nottingham City Council (Government Funded Scheme), Highways England and BP Chargemaster (BPCM) and involves  seven rapid charge points in three of the district council’s car parks – four at Riverside, one at Appletongate and two at Castle House. In total 14 electric vehicles can be charged at any one time.

The ‘fastcharging’ charge points at Riverside can power up most vehicles in as little as three hours while the ‘ultracharge’ one at Appletongate provides up to 80 per cent power within 30 minutes. A second station, in addition to the  existing ‘fastcharging’ station at Castle House, will be installed early 2020. Customers access the equipment through a smart card or mobile app. 

This first phase of the project, which has been agreed for a 10-year term, is being implemented at no cost to the district council. There is a potential phase two to the project which would include other visitor destinations in the district, such as  Edwinstowe and Southwell, which have also been suggested as possible future locations for charge points. 

Under that phase, which would require direct district council investment, other possible locations have been identified including the sites managed by its leisure company Active4Today,  The Beacon and Newark Town Wharf.

The council is currently looking into this as part of its energy, climate change and town centre agendas.

Councillor Keith Girling, deputy leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Newark is on the strategic road network and having a national provider bringing charge points to  the town will help put it  ‘on the map’ when users are seeking such facilities. And, while their vehicles are charging, they can explore and find out what a fantastic place Newark is.

“Our Community Plan sets out to enhance the district’s natural environment by promoting greener transport solutions this will assist in reducing airborne pollution from fossil fuel engines and therefore bringing health and well-being benefit to our residents.

”The council also declared a Climate Emergency in July this year to help offset climate change and global warming which includes ways of reducing carbon emissions.”

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