County to provide electric car points

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ENVIRONMENTALLY-minded drivers who have cars powered electrically will now be able to charge them around Hampshire.

The county council has been given a government grant of £315,000 to install a network of rapid electric vehicle charge points.

The funding, from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, means six points can be installed in Hampshire.

They will be on the A34 north and south bound at Sutton Scotney Little Chef; on the A303 at Popham and Barton Stacey, at the Little Chefs there; at Petersfield Central car park close to the A3; and at The Furlong in Ringwood, close to the A31.

Another six will be within the boundaries of Wiltshire County Council, Oxfordshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council, who alongside SSE were partners in the bid.

Cllr Sean Woodward, the council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment said: ‘The county council wants to make a significant contribution to cutting carbon emissions in Hampshire alongside developing transport infrastructure to meet future demands.

‘Helping encourage greater use of electric vehicles is one way we can achieve this.’