A council in Leicestershire is creating new EV bays with charging points at several of its pay and display village car parks.
Blaby District Council has installed the first 16 electric vehicle only spaces at the Johns Court and Enderby Road car parks in Blaby, with eight 7kW chargers in each.
The next phase of the project will see six bays created at Weavers Court and two bays at Leicester Road car parks in nearby Narborough.
A total of £77,000 for the project came from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles for the On-Street Residential Charge Point Scheme.
The rest of the funding will come from EB Charging, who installed and will manage the charging points.
EB Charging will be offering the first two months of charging free as part of the scheme, and after this, charging will cost 30p per kW, with cashless payment made via the EB Charging app.
Councillor Les Phillimore, portfolio holder for housing, Community and Environmental Services, said, “We are delighted to launch these charging points in our car parks as part of our ambition to make electric vehicle ownership as accessible to as many people as possible, as part of our Carbon Neutral Action Plan for the district.
“We are hopeful that residents in Blaby and Narborough who can’t access a charging point where they live will now have the opportunity to take the plunge into the world of electric vehicle ownership.
“Our new EV charging points will also support local businesses by encouraging Electric Vehicle owners to shop and relax locally, and will be able to top-up their electric vehicles whilst they do.”