Thursday, January 22, 2015

News: Rotherham town centre gets EV charging point

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The first "on-street" fast charging point has been installed in Rotherham town centre, which will allow drivers to top up their electric vehicle battery charge, on the road, in just three to four hours.

The move is part of a South Yorkshire initiative that is making electric vehicles more affordable for business use. As part of a Government initiative to lower vehicle pollution by 28% before 2020, the Inmotion! project is encouraging the uptake and use of electrically charged vehicles. Funding from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), has been matched with local contributions to create a pot of £72m to support a range of schemes which bring environmental, health and economic benefits.

Councillor Maggie Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods at Rotherham Council, said: "Plug-in vehicles help the environment by cutting pollution and offer a good driving experience and low running costs for drivers. We hope this new charging point will make the appeal for plug-in vehicles more attractive and encourage more electric vehicles onto the road."

The council is trialling the use of electric vehicles that could replace some of its fleet. This includes electric dustcarts for Streetpride operatives in the town centre and an electric car used for site visits. Riverside House, the council's £60m HQ, has charging points already installed.

As part of Inmotion!, 80 businesses could benefit from a grant of up to £10,500 for the flexible lease of a Plug-in van or £7,500 for a Plug-in car for up to 48 months, plus an additional grant of £500 towards the cost of installing a workplace charging point. Companies making the switch to Plug-in electric vehicles can also benefit from low running costs (approx. £2 for 80 miles), no road tax and a reduction in exhaust emissions to help create healthier and cleaner roads in our region.

Tom Finnegan-Smith, Transportation and Highways Projects Group Manager at Rotherham Council, said: "This is good news for those already using electric vehicles and will give greater boost to those who are thinking of making the switch to an electric vehicle. With new models coming to the market and very low running costs these vehicles are an increasingly attractive option for many drivers."

Plug-in vehicles available through the scheme are the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Renault Twizy and Renault Kangoo van, which can travel up to 80 miles on a single charge.

Existing charging points in Rotherham can be found at Woodhall Services on the M1 and at Aston Hall Hotel.

One of the first Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicles to arrive in the UK is in Rotherham as part of a showcase project for the world's first series-production hydrogen-fuelled car. ITM Power, the Sheffield-based energy storage and clean fuel company, has taken delivery of one of only six UK-bound ix35s, as they are creating a hydrogen station at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

Inmotion! website

Images: Inmotion!

2 comments:

Anonymous,  January 23, 2015 at 10:29 PM  

You don't say where it is though, near tesco?

Tom,  January 24, 2015 at 7:18 PM  

I haven't been to have a look but going on the photo it looks like it is in the council's Drummond Street car park next to the new Tesco.

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