King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council has begun work installing 26 electric vehicle charging points at seven of its car parks.
The first points to be installed will be at three car parks in King’s Lynn, and one in Hunstanton, followed by a second phase of works at car parks in Fairstead, King’s Lynn and Burnham Market.
All points should be fully commissioned and operational by the middle of October, enabling a total of 52 cars to be charged.
The borough council secured a grant of £195,000 from the government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and a further contribution of nearly £90,000 from BP Pulse, as well as its own contribution of £73,500.
The council has also spent a further £87,000 to install a substation at Austin Street in King’s Lynn to support the electricity supply and BP Pulse will cover the maintenance costs for seven years.
They are fast 7kW chargers which are designed for overnight charging or for extended use, and the electricity will be paid for by the user via an app.
Free parking will be provided between 6pm and 8am when a vehicle is plugged in and charging.
Cllr Paul Kunes, cabinet member for the environment said, “The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is fully committed to playing its part in tackling climate change and has already taken many steps on its own net zero journey. We are also committed to helping our community to do the same.
“Lack of off-street parking at home can pose a barrier when people are considering the switch to electric vehicles, but we are removing that by making nearby charging facilities available. It is also a benefit for visitors who drive to the area in electric vehicles.”