New EV charge points have been installed as part of West Northamptonshire Council’s (WNC) ongoing work to support more sustainable modes of transport.
Developed in partnership with Connected Kerb with help from a grant from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), the scheme has seen new charge points provided at Newlands Car Park in Daventry, and in West Street in Welford.
The two new chargers in Daventry can cater for up to four vehicles at a time, while the new unit in Welford offers two charging bays.
They are Connected Kerb’s Gecko 7kW Fast Chargers, which can fully charge a car from empty to 80% in 3 to 4 hours.
Both locations were chosen after receiving support during a public consultation.
Connected Kerb is entirely responsible for the charging infrastructure’s operation and maintenance, leaving WNC with no liabilities associated with infrastructure, power or maintenance.
The ORCS grant has provided £17,310 towards the project with Connected Kerb providing a further contribution, meaning the project has been delivered at minimal expense to the Council.
This scheme follows the launch in February this year of 56 new electric vehicle charging bays across the county, as part of a partnership between WNC, North Northamptonshire Council, and Liberty Charge.
Councillor Phil Larratt, WNC’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Highways, Transport and Waste, said: “Electric vehicle technology is improving all the time, but the infrastructure must be in place in order to persuade people to make the switch from petrol or diesel engines.
“That’s why we’re keen to work with communities and EV infrastructure providers to install more charge points in towns and villages across West Northamptonshire.”