Yesterday, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer officially launched a new network of rapid charging points across Wiltshire.
Supported by a £225,000 government grant, Wiltshire County Council is installing rapid charge points across the county which can top up a plug-in car or van in just 20 minutes. The charge points are multi-standard units and will support rapid CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 connections.
The charging points will be at key sites near major routes in Salisbury, Warminster, Melksham, Trowbridge, Corsham and Chippenham and the council has provided match funding of £75,000 towards the project.
The first point to go live, where Baroness Kramer made the announcement yesterday, is at the Royal British Legion Club in Corsham (SN13 0BH). The rapid charge point is manufactured by Chargemaster.
Baroness Kramer said: “More and more people are switching to plug-in vehicles, with more than 5,000 sold in the last 3 months. We need the right infrastructure to keep building that momentum. Providing charge points like these means people can be confident that they can charge their car when they are out and about.”
“All new vehicles are expected to have some kind of ULEV element by 2040. There has been a steady rise in the number of people taking up low emission vehicles, as more models become available and the nationwide network of charging points continues to expand. Driving costs are as low as 2p per mile.”