Money secured for electric car charge points in Harrogate

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Funding is now in place for the installation of two electric vehicle charging points in the Harrogate district.

The grant of £69,000 from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles was obtained by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) following the launch of the national Go Ultra Low campaign.

It is hoped that the rapid charging points, which can charge an electric car in less than 30 minutes, will reassure drivers that they can drive as far as they could in a conventional car.

Cabinet member for public protection and rural affairs Coun Margaret Atkinson (Con) said: “The government has recently announced its intention to invest more than £9m to boost the number of charging points for electric vehicles, and it is really encouraging that the Harrogate district will be able to take advantage of this funding.

“The introduction of rapid charging points will also benefit businesses, such as taxi firms and bus companies, as they begin to embrace this technology. Out of little acorns grow oak trees, and undoubtedly as time progresses, and demand rises, a handful of charging points will one day be transformed into a network of recharging stations across the district.”

The charging points are likely to be run on a pay as you go scheme with a fee imposed for charging the car.

Electric car owners do not have to pay car tax, and the cost of a journey can be as little as 2p per mile.

A report is now being prepared to HBC to secure the additional funding required to implement the project.