Reading set for electric motoring boost

by Jim Dunton Thu 8 August 2013, 4:31 pm

Reading Borough Council has been awarded a Department for Transport grant to install five new charging sites for electric vehicles.

The ministry’s £127,500 allocation will pay for the bulk of the cost of three rapid-charge points for vehicles at Kenavon Drive, Rivermead, and Palmer Park, and fast-charge points at Rivermead and Palmer Park.

According to Reading, the rapid units can charge 80 per cent of a car’s battery in 20-30 minutes, while the fast-charge units typically charge a battery in four to five hours.

Borough transport lead Councillor Tony Page said the new charging points would make an important contribution to reducing carbon-dioxide emissions in the area.

“Although electric cars are not widely used in Reading at the moment, there is evidence that they are becoming more and more popular across the country as motorists seek less-polluting forms of transport,” he said.

“The provision of these charging points will help to encourage local motorists to make the switch from petrol and diesel-powered cars and this will bring environmental benefits.”

Reading said that the Department for Transport funding would cover 75 per cent of the cost of the charging points, with it responsible for the remaining cash.

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