Car scheme cash to help drive electric vehicle switch

More than £200,000 has been secured to install electric charging points for up to 24 cars and vans on five sites operated by your District Council, plus two more in the High Peak.

Up to eight vehicles will be able to charge up at each site at any one time at our car parks here:
  • Ashbourne – Shawcroft car park
  • Bakewell – New Street
  • Matlock – Edgefold Road
Work is also due to start soon on a charge point at our Wirksworth Market Place car park, the funding for which was secured late last year.

The High Peak charge points will be installed in Buxton at Victoria Park Road and in Glossop at Edward Street.

The cash has been secured by Derbyshire County Council in a scheme delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, and is being funded by the UK government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) which contributed £145,000 and the charging point provider BP Chargemaster which contributed £55,154.

The County Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration Councillor Tony King said:
“With demand for electrical vehicles rising, we want to do all we can to help more Derbyshire residents make the switch to more environmentally-friendly motoring.
“We worked with the district and borough councils to identify sites for electric vehicle charge points and purposely chose those which are close to residential areas where there is limited off-street parking. The sites chosen are also within or very close to the Peak District which is popular with visitors, who will also be able to use them.
“We’re committed to working with other organisations and the whole community to tackle climate change and achieve zero carbon emissions throughout Derbyshire by 2050.
“This is just one of the things we are doing to help achieve this goal and once the charging points are in place, we hope more local residents will be encouraged to switch to electric vehicles, benefitting from reduced motoring costs such as fuel and road tax and improving local air quality.”

The County Council intend to bid for further money to introduce electric vehicle charging points in other parts of Derbyshire in the future.

To charge up, motorists would need to register and would be issued with a smartcard which is then swiped against a machine to unlock the electricity supply.

The initial batch of charge points are expected to be in place by the end of March 2020.
More than £200,000 has been secured to install electric charging points for up to 24 cars and vans on five sites operated by your District Council, plus two more in the High Peak.

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