New electric licensed vehicle charging points to be installed

Four new electric licensed vehicle charging points are set to be installed in Peterborough following a successful bid for funding.

Peterborough City Council has received £90,000 from the Department for Transport as part of the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ initiative to equip towns and cities for more electric vehicles.

The council will also be contributing £22,500 towards the new charging points. It will now continue discussions with local operators to determine where these will be installed and the types of licensed vehicle that can use them.

The charging points will be installed during 2019/20, as part of the council’s commitment to create the UK’s Environment Capital. There are currently nine electric vehicle charging points in the city, with plans in the pipeline to increase these in the near future.

Last year, Peterborough’s first ever hybrid hackney carriage was unveiled and the city saw the biggest increase in electric vehicles anywhere in the country between September 2016 and September 2017 (rising by 52 per cent from 5,425 to 8,249).

Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “We are committed to being an environmentally friendly city and are actively looking at new ways to help achieve and promote this.

“Electric vehicles will become a more common sight on our roads over the next few years so we need to have to correct infrastructure in place.”

Jesse Norman, the government’s future of mobility minister, added: “The government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. Getting the right infrastructure and investment in place is a crucial part of this.

“The funding will support almost 4,000 ultra low emission vehicles across the country. It is a further sign that the UK is making real progress in the transition to greener transport.”

Richard Harrington, the government’s automotive minister, added: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions while maintaining growth in our economy.

“These new charge points for greener taxis will help accelerate a cleaner environment for people across the UK. This will also point the way for a better, healthier future for us all as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy which builds on the government’s long- standing partnership with the UK automotive sector.”

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