SUNDERLAND is stepping up its commitment to a low-carbon future with a second round of electric vehicle charging point installations.
The 19 new charging posts will take the number of publicly-accessible charging locations across the city to 55, including the Business and Innovation Centre off Wessington Way, the University of Sunderland and a number of city council facilities.
The new charging stations will mean 99 per cent of all homes, shops and businesses within the city will be within a mile-and-a-half of a charging point.
The latest round will see charging points installed at the Silksworth Sports Complex, the Hetton Centre and at a number of other community and street locations. The recently-opened car park on the former Vaux Brewery includes four parking bays for use by electric cars.
Sunderland City Council has received funding from Charge your Car, the North East’s Plugged in Places scheme, towards the installation costs.
Coun James Blackburn, portfolio holder for city services, said: “The North East and Sunderland are at the centre of the production of electric vehicles and are leading the way in developing a comprehensive charging point infrastructure. This project will help by increasing the network coverage of charging points to add to recharging options for owners of electric cars.
“The city council and its partners are also encouraging charging points in new retail, industrial and residential developments to supplement the council’s provision. More points being made available in public locations will help make electric vehicles a real and viable option for motorists.”
Charge your Car project manager Josey Wardle added: “Sunderland has been chosen as one of only three places worldwide to produce the electric Nissan Leaf and it makes perfect sense for Sunderland City Council to support that by making sure they have the charge points in place ready for the uptake of sales once production begins in the spring.”
Grants are available for any organisation wishing to have a charging point installed. Visit www.whynotelectric.com or call the Charge your Car team on 490 2474.