|Left to right: Rob Cummings, Hartwell Hereford sales manager, Councillor Russell B. Hamilton, Jane Holmes, regional manager Plugged in Midlands and Belinda Colley Davies, Herefordshire Council sustainability officer.|
Electric car drivers and those thinking of switching to an electric car will soon be able to ‘charge up’ in Herefordshire now that the first phase of the county’s electric vehicle charging network is complete with the installation of the first four publicly available charging points.
In partnership with the regional ‘Plugged-in Midlands’ grant scheme there are now electric vehicle charging points at the following locations:
- Hereford: St Martins car park
- Leominster: Etnam Street car park
- Ross-on-Wye: Red Meadow car park
- Hereford: Plough Lane council offices
The points will be signed and lined over the coming weeks, but are fully operational and ready for use.
Fully funded by Plugged in Midlands and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, this project is part of Herefordshire Council’s ‘Choose How You Move’ initiative which aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve quality of life through sustainable transport options.
Plugged in Midlands, is a regional scheme introducing over 500 electric vehicle charging points across the Midlands. Herefordshire Council have committed to a three year partnership with PiM, connecting Herefordshire to the national charging network
Councillor Russell B. Hamilton, cabinet member for environment, housing and planning, who first announced the project during h.Energy Week 2012 said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to roll-out this initiative in Herefordshire. We are on track to have the countywide network promised last year in operation well ahead of time and for those who use Apps you will see Herefordshire light up on the maps for first time.
“This helps reinforce and support our commitment to becoming a low carbon county and we hope that more people will consider switching to an electric car now that they can readily charge up across the county.
"I am now calling on others including the car sales industry to demonstrate their commitment to the growth of the electric car market in Herefordshire. This also reinforces our claim to be the county of choice for tourists who are interested in the environment".
Jane Holmes, Regional Manager at Plugged in Midlands said: “We are delighted that Herefordshire Council has installed these charging points to extend the Plugged-in Midlands Network.
“Since the start of the Plugged-in Places Programme there have been over 1,000 new electric vehicle registrations across the Midlands, so it’s great news that EV motorists will now be able to charge in and around Hereford, and with more points planned it can only encourage even more motorists to make the switch.”
In order to use the points electric car users will first need to become a member of ‘Plugged in Midlands’ at a cost of £24 per year, with the electricity offered free of charge for the first three years.
The second phase of the project is currently underway, with further points planned for the following locations over the next few months;
- Ledbury: St Katherines car park
- Kington: Mill Street car park
- Bromyard: Tenbury Road car park
- Hereford: Multi-storey car park
- Hereford: Venns Close car park
Full details of the project can be found on the council’s website: