Cheshire West and Chester Council has created new charging points across the borough using dual-socket fast GeniePoint chargers, installed and managed by Engie EV Solutions.
These charge points are at car parks in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Neston and Northwich, close to areas where residents lack off-street parking.
The Council says the cost of charging an EV will be keenly priced to encourage people to make the switch.
Council company Qwest Services in partnership with Engie will deliver the project, using funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant, along with match funding from the authority.
Also, at the Council’s Canalside Operations Depot in Ellesmere Port, up to 28 Council electric vehicles will be able to fully charge overnight and a further pair of rapid chargers will be available at the nearby Canal & River Trust’s National Waterways Museum.
These will give a full charge in as little as half an hour. As well as servicing the Council’s electric fleet, the Waterways Museum chargers will also be available for use by local businesses.
Maria Byrne, Director of Environment and Communities at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The charging points have been installed and will be connected to a power supply ready for use around mid-May.
“The rapid chargers at the Boat Museum are in a prime position for use by businesses along the M53 and our facilities in car parks can benefit both residents with no private driveway to install their own charging facilities, as well as shoppers and visitors.”