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Car charging points coming to Plymouth

More electric vehicle charge points are set to appear on the streets of Plymouth thanks to new funding.

The city council has been successful in obtaining a grant of £225,000 through the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles’ on-street electric vehicle charging grant. 

The money will mean that 50 new, on-street electric vehicle charge points will be rolled out to help residents with the transition to cleaner, greener transport.

The charge points will be installed next year and while exact locations have yet to be decided, it is intended that they are installed on streets which are predominantly used by residents, rather than in public car parks. 

This allows the nearly 40 per cent of Plymouth households who do not have access to off-street parking to access charging infrastructure.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said:

“We know not everyone has an electric vehicle and we know that now, in 2020, not everyone can afford one, either.

“But we know that electric vehicles are the future and we have to be ready. We have to make it as easy as possible for people to transition if we’re going to take the climate emergency seriously.”

The Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 with a pledge to work towards the city being carbon neutral by 2030. 

Two plans were drawn up – the Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan, which focuses on the Council’s own operations, and the Climate Emergency Action Plan, which explores the role that the Council can play in influencing residents behaviours. 

Nearly 30  per cent of Plymouth’s carbon emissions come from transport and the electrification of vehicles has been identified as a key means to tackling this problem. 

In a recent survey 85 per cent of residents felt that the Council needed to provide more charging points.

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