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.
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.