The first ‘on-street’ fast charging point has been installed at Rotherham’s, Drummond Street, which will allow drivers to top up their electric vehicle battery charge, on the road, in just three to four hours.
The rollout of public access charge points across the county forms part of a Government initiative to encourage South Yorkshire businesses to make the switch to Plug-in Electric Vehicles.
The unique scheme offers eligible businesses Government subsidised electric vehicles and chargers. Businesses can benefit from a grant of up to £10,500 for the flexible lease of a Plug-in van or £7,500 for a Plug-in car for up to 48 months, plus an additional grant of £500 towards the cost of installing a workplace charging point.
Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods Councillor Maggie Godfrey said: “Plug-in vehicles help the environment by cutting pollution and offer a good driving experience and low running costs for drivers. We hope this new charging point will make the appeal for plug-in vehicles more attractive and encourage more electric vehicles onto the road.”
Rotherham Borough Council’s Transportation and Highways Projects Group Manager Tom Finnegan Smith said: “This is good news for those already using electric vehicles and will give greater boost to those who are thinking of making the switch to an electric vehicle. With new models coming to the market and very low running costs these vehicles are an increasingly attractive option for many drivers.”
Companies making the switch to electric vehicles can also benefit from low running costs of approximately £2 for 80 miles, no road tax and a reduction in exhaust emissions to help create healthier and cleaner roads in our region.
Plug-in vehicles available through the scheme are the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Renault Twizy and Renault Kangoo van, which can travel up to 80 miles on a single charge.
Venson Automotive Solutions is the chosen vehicle supplier, supporting Inmotion! and npower who, together, are funding and administering the project. The Inmotion! Electric Vehicles scheme was established following a successful bid for £24.6 million from the Department for Transport’s ‘Local Sustainable Transport Fund’.
The Inmotion! partnership is made up of representatives from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the four South Yorkshire local authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
For more information visit evinmotion.co.uk