Dunstable took an exciting step towards green transport as Andrew Selous MP and Central Bedfordshire Council officially ‘plugged-in’ a new electric vehicle charging point today.
The charging point, in the Grove Theatre car park, is one of the first in Central Bedfordshire to be included in the Source East Electric Vehicle Recharging Network.
The council has worked with Source East, managed by EValu8 Transport Innovations Ltd, to install the point and introduce electric vehicles as part of its commitment to enhance sustainable transport.
It can be used by the public and links a growing number of charging points across the East of England region.
Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member of Sustainable Communities at the council, said: “This charging point is an exciting milestone in promoting the uptake of low emission vehicles as part of our plan to improve sustainable transport in Central Bedfordshire.”
MP Andrew Selous said: “Electric vehicles will provide cheaper motoring, massive new job prospects and help slow down climate change. I hugely welcome the arrival of electric vehicle charging points in Dunstable.
" I hope that these charging points are the first of many electric vehicle charging points to be installed in Central Bedfordshire over the next few years.”
Dr. Keith Bevis, Managing Director of EValu8 Transport Innovations said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide Central Bedfordshire Council with funding to support the installation of charging points as part of their drive to support sustainable transport.
“The charging point unveiled today, together with others in Marston Vale and Leighton Buzzard, are an important addition to the growing network of charging facilities across the East of England. We look forward to continuing to work with the council, and other organisations, to further promote low carbon transport.”
Organisations wanting to get involved in the scheme can access grants of up to seventy-five per cent off of the cost of the post and installation by working with EValu8.
The Source East network will grow to around 1200 points by March 2013. There are currently points in Norwich, Colchester, Chelmsford, and Hemel Hempstead, with live points to follow in Luton and Peterborough.
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