Big switch-on for electric vehicle charging points

11 Jun 2015

Aylesbury Vale District Council is getting all charged up with the installation of three new electric vehicle charging points.

In its efforts to embrace sustainable car travel, the council has had the charging points installed at its offices in Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has provided 75 per cent of the costs with the remaining funding coming from Nissan and Charge Your Car Ltd.

The charging points installed are ‘rapid’ rather than trickles chargers which owners would use at home. This means that cars can be re-charged in 20 to 30 minutes, making journeys around Aylesbury Vale easier.

The council is planning to make the charging points available for members of the public to use on a pay-as-you-go basis which will be open during office hours. 

Two electric vehicles are currently being used by AVDC as part of its pool car scheme, saving money on fuel costs and reducing carbon emissions. The Nissan Leaf cars – provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car – are used by staff travelling on council business.

Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Electric vehicles represent an important part of Aylesbury Vale’s low carbon future and with their popularity growing we need the high-quality infrastructure to match. We’ve added three rapid charging points to the network and each of these recharges an electric vehicle’s battery to 80 per cent of its capacity in 20 to 30 minutes, offering a quick and convenient service for residents and council employees. If these initial installations prove effective, I hope we will be able to provide even more charging points across the district.”

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