Over 200 electric vehicle charging points for Brighton & Hove

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A project to install 207 on-street electric car charging points in Brighton and Hove is almost complete, with 160 points ready to use and over 40 more being installed in the next few weeks.

The work has been funded by a £300,000 investment from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and a further £100,000 from Electric Blue, the company chosen to install, maintain and manage the charging points.

To celebrate the launch, Electric Blue will issue a 10-day free charge period on the Brighton & Hove network, starting from today (Wednesday 12 August).

Residents and visitors can find their nearest charging point by downloading the Electric Blue App to their mobile phones.

Charging will cost 26p per kWh and is fuelled by 100% renewable energy. The council will receive 1p per kwh in year one increasing to 4p per kwh in year 4.

Lead Councillor for Transport, Pete West, said:

“I’m pleased we can boast a growing infrastructure for electric vehicle owners in the city and we will certainly be looking to build on this good work.

“Providing people with a number of diverse ways they can travel can help to minimise the number of high-emission journeys made in the city, and we hope this infrastructure will also support those who need a car to go electric.

“It’s also good to see that all charging is done using renewable energy; another huge plus.

“The council is committed to its goal of being a carbon neutral city by 2030. This can only be achieved if we provide residents, businesses and visitors with sustainable travel options.”

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Alex Calnan, Electric Blue’s Managing Director, added:

“Along with Brighton & Hove City Council we are pleased to launch this city-wide charging network as an important milestone in the journey to creating Zero Emission Cities.

“Providing charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy, in locations that drivers need, is one part of the solution.

“The project now moves into the exciting next phase of engaging with end users, to accelerate the transition to net-zero.”


Featured image: © Walter Baxter, via Geograph

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