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GREEN ENERGY: Watford Borough Council announces new electric vehicle charging points

 Published on: 26th January 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Seven more 7kW fast EV chargers are set to be introduced in Watford over the next few weeks.

Locations include Granville Road, Stamford Road, Sotheron Road, Grosvenor Road, Sutton Road, Westland Road and Mildred Avenue and each site will allow charging for up to two vehicles. 

The provision of the charge points has been funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Electric Blue in partnership with Watford Borough Council. 

Work is also being undertaken with Ringway to install 15 lamp column chargers.

The new charging points are being placed in convenient locations where residents can charge their vehicles for as little as 32p per kilowatt-hour via the Electric Blue app.

Residents can top up for a maximum of four hours or take a full charge if they leave it charging overnight.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “As the up-take of electric vehicles increases, we need to ensure that we have in place a strategy that reflects the increase in demand and explore the options for public charging points across Watford. 

“There are now more than 9,000 public electric car charging locations in the UK and given our commitment to halting the Climate Emergency and making our air cleaner we must also play our part. 

“If you have ever thought about buying an electric vehicle, but are concerned about the upfront costs, I would encourage you to find out more about the grants available to help with taking up this more sustainable mode of transport.”

Watford Borough Council installed five on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Watford in 2020, as part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough and become net-zero carbon by 2030.

Bradshaw Road, Victoria Road, Durban Road East, Essex Road and Shaftesbury Road as well as Ev charging on Watford Business Park and at Cassiobury Park.

The EV charging points are part of a wider commitment on air quality, with the council’s Sustainability Strategy.

The council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and has created a Sustainability Forum consisting of council officers and elected councillors who are collectively developing a comprehensive plan of action.

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