30 September 2009

Brighton becomes electric city

Brighton & Hove City Council has become the first authority outside the capital to introduce electric vehicle charging points.
The local authority will install 20 roadside charging stations by early 2010 as an effort to encourage zero-emissions motoring in the city.

Four charging points have already been installed in Brighton – two located in Bartholomews near the city centre, and two in Ditchling Road near the Level.

Mary Mears said: ‘We’re proud to be able to share our expertise with other countries on how to achieve a clean and energy-efficient transport system. It’s exciting to think that what we do here will influence future transport policy, not only in the UK but also in Europe.’

A total of 10 charging points will be installed in the city centre by the end of 2009, and an additional 10 at the beginning of 2010.

The charging point scheme is part of the council’s sustainable transport policy. Brighton based Elektromotive develops and manufactures the charging points and is being funded by a £130,000 European Civitas grant for the project.

Managing Director of Elektromotive, Calvey Taylor-Haw, said: ‘By encouraging drivers to switch to electric, Brighton will benefit hugely. There will be less air pollution and local residents will appreciate the quiet of the EV’s.’

The easy to use charging points are compatible with pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
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