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WEARSIDE’S electric revolution takes a step closer today with the launch of the city council’s first charging points.

Council chiefs will be joined by Nissan’s Sunderland plant boss Trevor Mann and Dr Colin Herron from regional development agency One North East for the unveiling at the St Mary’s car park in the city centre.

The four St Mary’s charging points are the first of more than 40 that are being installed over the next 12 months across Sunderland, with the aim that nine-out of-10 people in the city will be within a mile-and-a-half of a charging point within the next year.

Council leader Paul Watson, said: “The city council has been working with its partners on helping to deliver the necessary infrastructure and incentives for electric vehicles.

“With the switch-on of charging points across Sunderland, the delivery of these Leafs, the construction of the Nissan battery plant and the company’s plans to also manufacture the Leaf here, our city and region are at the forefront of some very exciting technological developments.”

A Nissan Leaf was on hand to demonstrate how the technology works.