Published Thursday, 7 March 2019
Drivers of electric and plug in vehicles will soon be able to go that extra mile thanks to plans to help reduce emissions by installing a number of charging points in car parks around Waverley.
The council has partnered with ChargePoint Services to provide electric vehicle charging to encourage Waverley drivers to go electric. Two new GeniePoint rapid chargers (50kW+) will be installed in each of four popular car parks; one each in Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere and Cranleigh in the spring.
Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to encourage greater use of electric vehicles in the borough.
“Being able to provide the infrastructure for residents to switch to using electric vehicles and do their bit for the environment, will not only cut motoring costs but also play a part in improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions in the future. We hope this will give residents and businesses the confidence to invest in electric vehicles when they replace their cars.”
Councillor Andrew Bolton, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Waverley Borough Council, said: “One of the council’s ambitions is to help provide clean and safe neighbourhoods by using innovation and technology to reduce the impact on the environment.
“Compared to neighbouring counties, we have one of the fastest growth rates in terms of residents' take-up of pure Electric and hybrid Vehicles (EVs). These rapid chargers will encourage more EVs, attract visitors and provide a valuable resource for local residents.”
Alex Bamberg, managing director of ChargePoint Services, said. “We are in an extremely exciting time within both the motoring and energy markets, with the anticipation of new models of pure electric vehicles being launched over the coming 12-24 months offering longer range and reduced charging times. We continue our collective rollout of 50KW+ GeniePoint rapid charging at premium locations across the UK, offering a premium service to support the intensifying demand for electric vehicle charging across the UK road infrastructure.”