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Council driving towards more electric car charging points

Council driving towards more electric car charging points

15 November 2016
Photo of an electric car being charged

Six electric car charging points have been installed across the Wokingham Borough; at the council offices on Shute End, Old Forest Road, and two at Winnersh and Mereoak Park and Rides.

Since the chargers were installed last year there have been more than 2,000 charging sessions, powering vehicles to cover more than 177,000 miles (enough to travel round the world seven times).

In 2014 Wokingham Borough Council received £262,500 funding to deliver these rapid car charging points. They can charge an electric car battery to 80 per full, in just thirty minutes.


As local authorities look for ways to be more financially and environmentally sustainable, Wokingham Borough Council in partnership with West Berkshire Council secured a grant from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (part of Department for Transport) to install electric car charging points and purchase several electric cars for environmental health staff to use when travelling to site and between offices.


The redevelopment of Wokingham Town Centre will also enable the borough council to install new charging points in the town centre. The new five-hundred space carpark currently under construction behind Carnival Pool will have facilities to charge six more electric cars.

Deputy executive member for environment, Cllr Parry Batth, said: "We're proud to be championing the use of sustainable transport through the installation of electric rapid car charging points across the borough.

"Giving residents more choices in how they travel allows us to continue to be a great place to live and an even better place to do business."