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Council secures Government funding to provide more electric vehicle charging points

Fourteen extra charging points for electric vehicles will soon be available in locations across the East Riding thanks to a Government grant.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has secured a grant of £50,000 from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to provide seven electric chargers which will be located in council car parks in Bridlington, Anlaby, Cottingham and Beverley and will provide 14 charging points.

The new chargers, which should come into use in the spring, are in addition to the council’s three year plan to introduce a network of points to towns and villages across the East Riding.

These 14 points will be in addition to the 12 points currently in operation in Pocklington, Withernsea, Hessle, Bridlington, Driffield, Goole and Howden.

By the end of the year, Market Weighton and Hedon will also have chargers installed and there will also be a charging point at the new East Riding Leisure Hornsea when it opens in spring.

The points provided by the council are fast chargers which take around four hours to charge and parking while charging a vehicle is currently free of charge.

The council’s charging points are managed by PodPoint and owners of electric vehicles need to register for a free account via their website or app before charging their vehicle for the first time.

Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic management at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council has been investing in a network of charging points across the East Riding so to have secured funding for extra chargers is great news.

“Making charging points more readily available will hopefully encourage more drivers to consider the environment when buying a new vehicle.”

Private EV points, such as those at Flemingate in Beverley, are also available for use by the public and provide complementary facilities to those provided by the council.

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