Time to go electric!

By Gary Smee 01/05 Updated: 03/05 12:42

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THE VALE'S first electric car charging post is set to be unveiled this week.

Based at Pershore Civic Centre the post has two sockets and is part of a £2.9 million scheme to install more than 500 charging points across the Midlands over the next two years.

Last May a survey carried out in the county found more than half of respondents would consider using an electric vehicle and their biggest motivation to switch would be the availability of more charging points in public car parks.

Chris Brooks, regeneration manager at Wychavon District Council, said residents had told the council they wanted to switch to a more environmentally friendly and efficient way of getting around with the cost of petrol and diesel rising so quickly.

"With these electric charging points, and similar ones in Malvern and Worcester, it is certainly possible for residents to travel widely throughout Wychavon just like they would in a regular car," he said.

"And with electric cars being able to travel greater distances on a single charge, we foresee people stopping off in Pershore to charge up after a day out, and then staying around to explore the lovely Georgian town and do a bit of shopping before heading home."

The multi-million pound scheme called Plugged-in Midlands is being led by Malvern based Central Technology Belt (CTB) and Cenex.

Alan White, chief executive of CTB, added: "Building a viable electric motoring infrastructure is crucial if the UK is to overcome what is currently the largest barrier to electric motoring - range anxiety.

"That’s why the installation of these first two points at Wychavon District Council is such a landmark for the Plugged-in Midlands project and for cleaner motoring across the region.”

Pershore's MP Harriett Baldwin said she hoped this was just the start in the area.

"Efficient electric cars are likely to be part of our future and I applaud Wychavon District Council's attempts to help support this in the county," she added.

"I hope that we will see more and more charging points in Worcestershire allowing us all to treat electric cars as a valid alternative."

To find out about the Wychavon District Council’s Intelligently Green Plan, go to www.wychavon.gov.uk/intelligentlygreen.

To find out where all of the existing charging points are, go to www.cenex.co.uk/programmes/plugged-in-midlands/charging-point-map.

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