Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has installed 24 Pod Point EV charging points in two public car parks thanks to grant funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Users of the new charging points, at the Castle (Hill Street) and Lower Bond Street council-run sites in Hinckley, can download the Pod Point app to make payment, set at 20p per kwh.
OLEV provided £70,000 of the £98,000 installation cost, with the remainder coming from developer contributions.
Hinckley met the requirement for the funding due to the large areas of residential housing nearby with no off street parking, and a need for charging points for workers, shoppers and visitors to the town centre.
As part of the government funding, town centre residents living within a short walking distance of the car parks will be eligible for permits to enable them to park for free while charging at the points.
The council will also apply for funding to install further charging points in rural and other town car parks in the future.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Stuart Bray said: “We are very pleased that we have been able to install electric vehicle charging points in Hinckley. This is just the first step on the council’s path towards delivering our new ‘greener’ agenda.
“In time, we hope this will encourage people to use electric vehicles as a more sustainable way to travel as part of a commitment to doing what we can to reduce greenhouse gases and climate change.
“Demand will only increase for these charge points and we are looking to introduce more on council car parks across the borough where we know residents will find it difficult to charge at home, and when more funding becomes available.”