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Spalding electric vehicle charging points go live - and free usage offered until February




Motorists with electric cars will be now be able to access charging points across Spalding.

South Holland District Council's new electric vehicle charging points the town have gone live this week, helping to offer residents and visitors a cleaner and greener way to travel in the District.

The points are available in Vine Street and Victoria Street, as well as in the visitor section of the council’s Priory Road car park.

Councillor Anthony Casson, South Holland District Council; Sam Illsley, Vattenfall with one of the new charging points at Priory Road. (26381776)
Councillor Anthony Casson, South Holland District Council; Sam Illsley, Vattenfall with one of the new charging points at Priory Road. (26381776)

The points are all fast charging of between 7kW and 22kW, as well as being dual socket units, allowing two cars to be charged at one charging station at the same time.

Charging will cost 30p/kWh and can be paid through the InCharge app or using a freely issued RFID charge card or tag. The points will be active 24 hours a day for people to use, although normal parking charges will still apply to anyone using the spaces in Victoria Street or Vine Street.

Councillor Anthony Casson, South Holland District Council; Sam Illsley, Vattenfall with one of the new charging points at Priory Road. (26381736)
Councillor Anthony Casson, South Holland District Council; Sam Illsley, Vattenfall with one of the new charging points at Priory Road. (26381736)

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As an introductory offer to give people time to familiarise themselves with using the new points, the council and installers Vattenfall are offering free charging until Saturday, February 1, meaning users can top up their vehicle for just the price of a normal car park ticket.

The council is also installing further charging points in other towns and villages across the District in the coming months, including in Crowland, Holbeach and Sutton Bridge.

Grants for the installations were secured through the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme and the Energy Saving Trust, who have provided 75% of the funding.

Coun Anthony Casson, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: “It is important that we are responsive to the growing and changing demands and needs of our residents, whilst also furthering our commitment to working towards having a positive environmental impact.

"These new charging points are just one of the steps we are taking towards investing in what our town centres and car parks can offer the district’s residents and visitors. By making them available 24 hours a day we hope they can not only help people top up while they shop, but also give people without the facilities at home to support an electric vehicle the opportunity to charge in our car parks in the evenings or at night.

“I am delighted that Vattenfall have worked with us to be able to offer this new service for free for the rest of January, and I hope to see the points being well-used in the coming months and years as we are able to install more across the District.”

Keith Martin, Vattenfall’s Director for InCharge in the UK, said: “It’s great to forge this partnership with South Holland District Council. With Vattenfall’s InCharge we are determined to put the driver first and enable fossil free living within one generation. Our charging stations, combined with future roaming agreements with other charging station operators, will improve the electric vehicle driver experience across Britain.”

For more information on the new charging points, including how to download the payment app or order a Charge Card, visit www.sholland.gov.uk/evcharging.



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