Electric cars can be charged in Fareham

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WE could all be driving them in the end... and now electric cars can power up at a new charge point.

The charger in Civic Way car park, Fareham, was one of seven unveiled yesterday across the south and marks a step forward for the development of ultra-low emission vehicles.

12/11/14  ''Two new electric vehicle charging points in Fareham near the Civic Offices. L-R David Farr - SSE project manager for electric vehicles and Cllr Trevor Cartwright.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143174-3) PPP-141211-163704001

12/11/14 ''Two new electric vehicle charging points in Fareham near the Civic Offices. L-R David Farr - SSE project manager for electric vehicles and Cllr Trevor Cartwright.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143174-3) PPP-141211-163704001

Energy company SSE put in the points as part of a Hampshire County Council initiative.

Nathan Saunders, managing director of SSE Utilities Enterprise, said: ‘It’s about sustainability and getting away from the dirty fuels and using electric vehicles as a sustainable source of energy.’

The charging points were funded by a £315,000 grant from the The Office for Low Emission Vehicles, with SSE paying a quarter.

Mr Saunders said: ‘This is not a profit-driven thing from SSE.

‘It’s about trying to understand the technology and how it might affect our networks in the future.’

The points charge the vehicles in 30 minutes, at a cost of around £6, which provides enough power to travel 100 miles.

County transport head Sean Woodward said: ‘With running costs like these it is easy to see why more people are buying electric vehicles.’

Fareham councillors welcomed the installation.

Executive member for public protection Trevor Cartwright said: ‘Zero or ultra-low emission vehicles have the potential to reduce air pollution and help tackle climate change. We are happy to support them.’

Cllr Keith Evans said: ‘Electric vehicles are becoming more popular and we felt it important that people were not put off from owning a green car due to a lack of charging facilities.’

The other six points are: Charlton Road, Andover; on the A40 Eynsham, Oxfordshire; in Bridge Street, Farnborough; at central car park, Newport on the Isle of Wight; on the A31, Ringwood; and Romsey Rapids car park.