The charge points, located at car parks in Malton, Pickering, Helmsley and Norton-on-Derwent, will be provided, operated, and maintained by Zest.

As part of its commitment to boost the local economy, Zest will engage Yorkshire-based contractors to carry out the installation.

There are already charge points in eight locations across Ryedale, with rapid charging at Water Lane car park, Malton, and the St. Nicholas Street car park, in Norton.

Based in Leeds, Zest establishes public charge points for public and private landowners across the UK, backed by the government’s Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF).

This dedicated fund was established by the UK Government in 2019 to help develop public charging infrastructure for EVs throughout the UK.

Phillip Spurr, Director for Place and Resources for Ryedale District Council said, “As the EV market continues to rise, the demand for charge points will also grow and it’s important that we are prepared for that.

“In our council plan, we promised to promote sustainable transport by installing extra electric vehicle charging points.

“We’re also proud to have two electric pool cars for our employees, enhancing our commitment to sustainable transport.”

Robin Heap, CEO at Zest, said, “It’s great to see a predominantly rural council set out a blueprint for sustainable transport and then deliver on it.

“Our long-term investment in rapid charging facilities across the area will help ensure that this beautiful part of North Yorkshire is ready to benefit from the EV revolution.”


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